President Erdoğan’s call to the world to fight xenophobia and hate speech

President Erdoğan’s call to the world to fight xenophobia and hate speech

Presidency's Directorate of Communications has launched the website named "weremember.gov.tr" to commemorate the victims of all genocides in the world and to increase the awareness of "peaceful coexistence" of the international community on January 27, International Holocaust Remembrance Day. In his video message on the website, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said, "The international community should take action so that tragedies such as the Holocaust, Bosnia, Rwanda and Cambodia do not happen again. It should be said 'stop' now to anti-Islamism and xenophobia, which have increased especially with the influence of digital platforms and media organs."

The website named "weremember.gov.tr" prepared by Presidency's Directorate of Communications in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in order to remember all the past genocides in the world and commemorate the victims and to remind the international community the responsibility of "peace" to avoid similar suffering, was launched on January 27, which is considered by the United Nations as the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The website, which started broadcasting in English, contained a video message of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

"Racist terror has turned into a security threat that undermines social peace"

Stating that it has been a difficult period for humanity, President Erdoğan said that the virus of racism has become widespread with the pandemic.

Pointing out that there has been a serious increase in acts of violence against places of worship such as mosques, synagogues and churches, President Erdoğan drew attention to the fact that hate crimes against segments of society with different ethnic identity, religion, language and appearance are increasing day by day.

Emphasizing that racist terrorism has turned into a security threat that undermines social peace and the will of people to live together today, President Erdoğan said:

"Yet, the tragic incidents that took place in the last century have shown what kind of suffering racist ideologies can cause. The signs of the Holocaust, the genocides in Bosnia, Rwanda and Cambodia, in which millions of people lost their lives, were evident long before these massacres with systematic discrimination, marginalization and increasing hate speech. Each of these genocides is a vivid example, reminding the international community of its responsibility."

"Combating hate speech is a common duty of humanity"

Stating that, "Combating hate speeches is a common duty not only of the victims, but of all of us as humanity," President Erdoğan said, "This is not just a moral attitude, but also a contractual obligation under the 1948 United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. International organizations, governments, media, politicians, civil society, religious groups and opinion leaders each have important roles to play in this context."

"We protected everyone who took refuge in our country without making any discrimination"

President Erdoğan stated that as a country sustaining the differences peacefully together for centuries, they are making efforts in this direction in the international platforms of which they are a member, particularly the Alliance of Civilizations initiative.

Explaining that they protected anyone who took refuge in Turkey regardless of their language or origin, without making any discrimination with the open-door policy they implemented President Erdoğan said, "The international community should act to prevent the recurrence of tragedies such as the Holocaust, Bosnia, Rwanda, Cambodia. It should be said 'stop' now to anti-Islamism and xenophobia, which have increased especially with the influence of digital platforms and media organs."

"I wish a future where crimes against humanity will not be experienced"

Noting that he regarded this project, which was implemented under the leadership of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Directorate of Communications, as a meaningful contribution to the fight against hate crimes, President Erdoğan said, "On this occasion, I respectfully commemorate the memories of the victims of genocide, I wish a future where all kinds of discrimination will end and crimes against humanity will not be experienced."

The suffering will not be forgotten

The events of the Holocaust, Rwanda, Srebrenica and Cambodia will be explained with information, documents and images on the website called "weremember.gov.tr".

On the site, where the messages of the Jewish and Roman representatives who were victims of the Holocaust will be included, resources such as articles and books published on the genocide will be available.