We condemn the attack, which was conducted in front of the US Consulate General in Istanbul on 9 July 2008 and resulted in 6 deaths 3 of whom were policemen. We commiserate with those who lost their relatives in the attack, express condolence to them. As Human Rights defenders we are always against any kind of violation and actions that cause violation of right to life. Timing of action, which was conducted in period of important political and social tensions, is interesting, too.
It is seen that States’ interventions to basic rights and freedoms do not prevent such attacks but cause a serious corrosion in human rights sensitivity.
We know that such attacks can be prevented in atmosphere under which there is a fight against impoverishment and poverty, overcoming all kinds of injustices and improving, reinforcing human rights and democracy.
Human Rights Association (IHD)
Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (HRFT)