FIOE is saddened by the tension between France and Turkey

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe is following the developments in the unfortunate crisis between France and Turkey, and expresses its disappointment at the worsening relations between the two important countries within the extended European family.

The Federation, while emphasising its principled position in sharing the feelings of pain with the relatives of innocent victims in conflicts past and present, regardless of their identity, and while expressing its sorrow for the long suffering inflicted on the Armenian people, considers that the recent move by both chambers of the French parliament, does no real service to the victims.

No doubt, laws that criminalise discussion of historic issues are not the wise course in terms of doing justice to the victims of past and present conflicts. What has provoked condemnation, is that the French parliament has given, through its latest legislation regarding the Armenian question, the impression of contradiction in its commitments relating to human rights, and the responsibilities of the French State in this regard. Over the past decades, it was an expectation that the French parliament would, in the first instance, make gestures to do justice to the victims of the horrors committed during the past colonial period, including the tragedies witnessed in Algeria. However, the parliament chose to glorify the colonial period, and turned a blind eye to the grave violations committed in that time, refusing to open the pages of the past.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe, while saddened by the strained Franco–Turkish relations, hopes that the French leadership will act quickly to tackle the causes of the crisis, and that Ankara and Paris reinforce their mutual relations on a foundation of accord and mutual respect.

Brussels, 27 January 2012

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe

FIOE asks for investigations on the tragic bombardment in Turkey

FIOE demanded the immediate investigations on the tragic bombardment that took place in a border area between Turkey and Iraq and resulted in dozens of Kurdish civilian victims. It also called for taking necessary action to prevent the blood of civilians from being shed. In a statement issued in Brussels, the federation said that: “With immense pain, the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe received those reports that spoke of dozens of Kurdish civilian victims in an air raid by the Turkish military on a border area with Iraq.”

While the Federation extended its profound condolences to the families of the victims in this painful incident, it considered that this tragedy requires the Turkish authorities to complete the investigation they announced to uncover the circumstances, and determine where responsibility lies. In all cases, the immunity of civilians to any targeting must be assured, in the hope of preventing the blood of brethren from being shed, and putting an urgent end to armed confrontations.

The statement added that the federation looks forward to rapid action, on the part of parliament, government, and authorities in Turkey, in instituting wise and effective reforms relating to the Kurdish question, so as to reinforce internal accord within the Turkish Republic with its diverse constituents, and respond to the commitments to civil, cultural, and social rights, as well as human rights standards, for all citizens.

FIOE: The tragic bombardment in Turkey must be investigated, and civilian lives protected

With immense pain, the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe received those reports that spoke of dozens of Kurdish civilian victims in an air raid by the Turkish military on a border area with Iraq.

While the Federation extends its profound condolences to the families of the victims in this painful incident, it considers that this tragedy requires the Turkish authorities to complete the investigation they announced to uncover the circumstances, and determine where responsibility lies. In all cases, the immunity of civilians to any targeting must be assured, in the hope of preventing the blood of brethren from being shed, and putting an urgent end to armed confrontations.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe looks forward to rapid action, on the part of parliament, government, and authorities in Turkey, in instituting wise and effective reforms relating to the Kurdish question, so as to reinforce internal accord within the Turkish Republic with its diverse constituents, and respond to the commitments to civil, cultural, and social rights, as well as human rights standards, for all citizens.

Brussels, 31 December 2011

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe