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house Bill H. Res. 279

Does Turkey’s Government Need to Protect Human Rights and Freedom of Expression?

Argument in favor

The U.S. needs to encourage Turkey’s government to stop infringing on its citizens freedom of expression and human rights, as a reformed Turkey could be a useful ally.

Scott's Opinion
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07/16/2016
It's why I hoped the coup would succeed. Erdogen like all Islamicist leaders like to use the mechanism of democracy to undermine real secular freedom. Since their second rate countries have no hard Constitutional protections, and no respected separation of powers, they can always employ the tyrrany of the majority to dismantle protections for the individual. Attaturk new this and built the military role into safeguarding the secular state from the powers of superstitious masses. The west forced the Turks into rewriting the Constitution removing that secular safety net, and now educated modernity loving Turks, and the West have to deal with a man who has all but solidified his permanent grip, and theocratic ideology, on what had been the most progressive Muslim state in the middle east. I think the West has dealt with Turkey shamefully in allowing Erdogen any semblance of legitimacy.
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Natalie's Opinion
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07/16/2016
They definitely do, but we don't need to do anything about it.
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Cameron's Opinion
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07/17/2016
We need to be careful when dealing with hostile actors, but the Turkish people must be heard and their voices amplified, not stifled!
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Argument opposed

This resolution is pretty meaningless, as Congress and the U.S. government are mostly powerless in terms of actually getting the Turkish government to reform.

Matt's Opinion
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07/16/2016
Stay out of it. No reason to intervene in the goings on of a sovereign nation. Look how well it worked in Iraq...
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Angel's Opinion
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07/16/2016
We need to stop sticking our noses in other countries business. We wouldn't allow another country to dictate what our laws are so why should we do it to other countries? We have our own issues. Unless they ask for our help we need to butt out! Period!
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Mart's Opinion
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07/16/2016
Yes it would be nice, but none of our business. What if Turkey's parliament issued this to us? And morally probably could!
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    It's why I hoped the coup would succeed. Erdogen like all Islamicist leaders like to use the mechanism of democracy to undermine real secular freedom. Since their second rate countries have no hard Constitutional protections, and no respected separation of powers, they can always employ the tyrrany of the majority to dismantle protections for the individual. Attaturk new this and built the military role into safeguarding the secular state from the powers of superstitious masses. The west forced the Turks into rewriting the Constitution removing that secular safety net, and now educated modernity loving Turks, and the West have to deal with a man who has all but solidified his permanent grip, and theocratic ideology, on what had been the most progressive Muslim state in the middle east. I think the West has dealt with Turkey shamefully in allowing Erdogen any semblance of legitimacy.
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    Not our country = not our business.
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    Stay out of it. No reason to intervene in the goings on of a sovereign nation. Look how well it worked in Iraq...
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    We need to stop sticking our noses in other countries business. We wouldn't allow another country to dictate what our laws are so why should we do it to other countries? We have our own issues. Unless they ask for our help we need to butt out! Period!
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    Not our concern.
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    Not our business. Stay in your lane!!
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    Stay out of it
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    Not out country not our business
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    They definitely do, but we don't need to do anything about it.
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    Yes it would be nice, but none of our business. What if Turkey's parliament issued this to us? And morally probably could!
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    Remember that story of living in glass houses? Just might apply in this case. Or the parable Matthew 7:3- "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? If the US wants to aid Turkey, do it on the quiet. Don't kick a sleeping dog! Addendum: looks like the dog has been kicked. And I believe it kicked itself in an effort to crack down on reformists. Get ready for the Muslim's heavy fist. Erdogan is setting himself up as a dictatorship. Wonder how long the EU will ignore Turkey?
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    Countable member "operaman" said: "Remember that story of living in glass houses? Just might apply in this case. Or the parable Matthew 7:3- "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?" If the US wants to aid Turkey, do it on the quiet. Don't kick a sleeping dog! Addendum: looks like the dog has been kicked. And I believe it kicked itself in an effort to crack down on reformists. Get ready for the Muslim's heavy fist. Erdogan is setting himself up as a dictatorship. Wonder how long the EU will ignore Turkey?" I think the operaman hit the nail on the head ON ALL POINTS! I would have voted YEA, if I thought it would make any difference. But the UN should handle the matter (yeah, I know, Turkey is the leopard that isn't likely to change its spots). Isn't that what the UN exists for?! Well, it's what they USED to exist for. . . .
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    For all of you saying we should mind our own business, a resolution is simply an official statement. No action is being taken.
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    This accomplishes nothing. Turkey does not care what American legislation thinks of Turkey's human rights record, and so this will only unnecessarily enflame relations with them. Let's not undermine our common goal of defeating ISIS and quelling Russian aggression.
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    We need to be careful when dealing with hostile actors, but the Turkish people must be heard and their voices amplified, not stifled!
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    This is not the business of America. We need to protect ourselves first
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    We're not protecting human rights in our country. We need to mind our own business
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    We don't need to be the world's watchdogs. Let Turkey take care of their own problems.
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    Not our country not our business
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    Quit policing other people's affairs, if they want our input then so be it, but don't force it upon them.
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