Minister of Justice Abdulhamit Gül, at the opening of the “Project for the Development of International Judicial Cooperation in Criminal Matters in Turkey” held in a hotel, emphasized that the first thing to be written in the recipe that will solve the problems is justice.
Noting that the global system is far from the ability to solve problems, Gul said that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for reform, stating that a fairer world would be possible. Gul stated that this call should enable some countries, which have passed a bad test in international cooperation, to do their accounting.
Stating that Turkey is a pioneer in all matters concerning the common future of humanity, especially terrorism and migration, Gül emphasized that Turkey will continue to be the voice of the oppressed.
Pointing out that they will not refrain from using the tools of international law to the fullest and fulfilling their responsibilities in the fields of cooperation, Gül stated that they are open to international judicial cooperation.
“Let’s not forget that these hostilities are a violation of human rights and, in essence, a hate crime.”
Pointing out that they see raising a common voice against racism and xenophobia, which threatens world peace, and being united within the scope of judicial cooperation, Gül continued as follows:
“The enmity towards foreigners, Islam and Turks, which has started to rise especially in Europe, poisons Western democracy and European values. Let’s not forget that these hostilities are a violation of human rights and, in essence, a hate crime. It is a problem that needs to be addressed and answered on the basis of law. Anti-Christianity, “Anti-Jewish, anti-Islamic, anti-religious, hate crime. All countries need joint cooperation in this regard, sincerely and away from double standards.”
Stating that the fight against terrorism, which is the main enemy of the democratic order, rights and freedoms, is essentially a struggle for rights and freedoms, Gül stated that freedoms cannot be protected without ensuring the peace and security of the society.
Stating that social peace cannot be maintained without guaranteeing rights and freedoms, Gül stated that with this understanding, Turkey is fighting with all terrorist organizations, especially FETO, PKK and DAESH, with the same seriousness and determination. Gül explained that with this struggle, Turkey not only ensures its own national security, but also protects the borders of NATO, of which it is a member, and contributes to the security of its neighbors and Europe.
Emphasizing that there is no political selectivity in Turkey’s fight against terrorism, Gul said that there is a simultaneous fight against the terrorist organization with different motives.
Abdulhamit Gül, stating that terrorism cannot have a religion, nationality or race, said that they do not accept the distinction between “good terrorism” and “bad terrorism”.
“Despite everything, we did not give up on the law”
Stating that they are open to cooperation in the fight against terrorism and determined to comply with all obligations arising from international law, Gül stated that they could not see the approach expected from the interlocutors in this regard.
Minister of Justice Gül continued his words as follows:
“I would like to say with regret that, especially after July 15, some countries have played the three monkeys in judicial cooperation. Hypocrisy has prevailed against our country’s demands for extradition. “As long as this double standard continues, it is very difficult to say that legal assistance can be achieved in real terms. However, we did not give up on the law despite everything.”
Emphasizing that the understanding that ignores universal values for political and material interests is not strong enough to prevent policies centered on human rights and dignity, Gül drew attention to the fact that the will for reform is above everything else.
Stating that they have implemented structural reforms to ensure that the Turkish nation attains the standard of rights and freedoms it deserves, Gül noted that necessary arrangements will continue to be made within the scope of the Human Rights Action Plan in the new legislative term.
The President of the Council of State Zeki Yiğit, the President of the Court of Appeals Celal Mümtaz Akıncı, the Chief Prosecutor of the Supreme Court Bekir Şahin, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Faruk Kaymakcı, the Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Turkey Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut, the representatives of the Council of Europe and the EU, and members of the high judiciary attended the program.