WASHINGTON, D. C. — In a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, 170 members of the U.S. House of Representatives called on the Biden Administration to address the worrying issues of human rights in Turkey.
According to the letter, the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has damaged U.S.–Turkish relations, despite their crucial partnership within NATO, considering that the flagrant violation of human rights and the anti-democratic trajectory in Turkey are sources of great concern.
The letter also mentioned that Erdoğan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi, AKP) have weakened the Turkish judiciary, assigned their political allies in key military and intelligence positions, and unlawfully imprisoned their political opponents, journalists, and individuals from ethnic minorities.
In their letter, the members of Congress also recalled the assaulting of American citizens on American soil by Erdoğan’s security staff during a visit to Washington, D.C. in May 2017.
The signatories of the letter include prominent Republican Michael McCall and Democratic Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Gregory W. Meeks.