No com­pro­mise on rights

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Nei­ther the Euro­pean Union nor Greece should shy away from up­hold­ing hu­man rights in the face of pres­sure from Turkey, which is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing do­mes­tic tur­moil in the wake of a botched at­tempt to over­throw the govern­ment last week. Ev­ery­thing that has been go­ing on in Greece’s neigh­bor­ing coun­try since Fri­day’s failed coup sug­gests that it is mov­ing to­wards a pe­riod of per­se­cu­tions and bar­bar­ity which can­not be ig­nored. In the past, some al­lowances and com­pro­mises were made in the name of real­ism and un­der the pres­sure of the refugee cri­sis, as thou­sands of mi­grants crossed the Aegean to Greece on a daily ba­sis. How­ever, if we con­tinue along this path and fail to stand up for hu­man rights, the mes­sage that will be sent to Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan is that he can con­tinue his ex­treme be­hav­ior undis­turbed and with­out any lim­its.

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