FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 1, 2017
Contact: Sevag Belian (613) 235-2622
Ottawa — On Friday, April 28, 2017, the Armenian National Committee of Canada (ANCC) completed its “Turkey: Thirty Days of Shame” campaign aimed at informing Canadians about Turkey’s horrific violations of human rights committed by the Erdogan regime.
The campaign focused on Turkey’s blatant disregard for freedom of expression; its well-funded propaganda machine, denial of the Armenian Genocide and hyperactive misinformation campaigns; the Erdogan regime’s rhetoric to incite hatred against other ethnic groups; the Turkish government’s consistent belligerence and warmongering; the ruling regime’s brutal suppression of political freedoms; and, the rampant corruption of President Erdogan, his family, and his ruling party.
“In preparing for this campaign, the ANCC aimed to inform Canadians about the continuous injustice that has been perpetuating in Turkey, since President Erdogan came to power in 2006. Such campaigns should act as a reminder to the International community to seriously start reconsidering its policies and alliance with Turkey.” remarked Mr. Shahen Mirakian, president of the ANCC, “What was the most shocking was the sheer enormity of the number of articles, reports, and videos that document Turkey’s flagrant abuses of human rights only in 2017.” said Mirakian.
“Day-by-Day Turkey continues to demonstrate its incompetence and ignorance towards the norms of International law, paying minimal regard to the concerns of the outside world.” Concluded Mirakian.
The campaign ran for the entire month of April, with daily weekday postings that followed particular themes. The campaign featured articles, reports, and videos from third-party sources such as The Foreign Policy Journal, The New York Times, The Turkish Minute, Human Rights Watch, The Huffington Post, Wall Street journal, and others. The complete thirty days of the campaign can be viewed on the ANCC website at https://anccanada.org/category/publications/campaign/shame/.
The ANCC is the largest and the most influential Canadian-Armenian grassroots human rights organization. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout Canada and affiliated organizations around the world, the ANCC actively advances the concerns of the Canadian-Armenian community on a broad range of issues and works to eliminate abuses of human rights throughout Canada and the world.