In Great Company: Erdogan Wins Gaddafi Human Rights Prize

Erdogan shows off his prize

The absurdity of embattled Libyan leader Mommar Gadaffi’s reign has many dimensions, one which is the “Al-Gaddafi International Prize for Human Rights,” which last November was awarded to none other than his closer friend and ally, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The prize is awarded every year to an individual who has worked toward protecting and advancing human rights.

“The Prize categorically believes that freedom is an indivisible natural right for Man; it is not a gift or grace from anybody, and that safeguarding it is a general human responsibility,” said a press release describing the award and announcing the 2010 winner.

Erdogan, who traveled to Tripoli in November to claim the “coveted” prize was honored.

“You can be sure that this award will encourage our struggle for human rights in regional and global sense,” said Erdogan

“The only thing we want in our region and in the globe is peace and justice. If there is prosperity in the region, every state will benefit. All regional states would benefit from peace, harmony and stability. Everyone must be sure of one thing: Whatever we want for ourselves, we also want for others,” he added.

Two friends embrace

Not surprisingly, Erdogan was a holdout in international efforts and concerns regarding the Libyan uprising against Gaddafi.

On Sunday, he was quoted as criticizing the international community by saying: “We are not one of those who see oil when looking at the Middle East. We are not one of those who see unearned income when looking at the Balkans. We are not one of those who look at the Caucasus, Asia and Africa with interest considerations.”

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  1. Vahan Vanagan said:

    Criminals support criminals with high degree awards. Now, it is the turn of Erdogan to award Kaddafi for his killings of his own Libyan people, like the Turks exterminating the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, the Historical Armenia. Erdogan was also very close friend to President Bachir of Sudan, the butcher of South Sudan and Darfur.

    We wonder how US Presidents are supporting these kinds of criminals, starting from Erdogan’s Turkey.
    Latest defenders of Criminal Turkey are Obama and Clinton.
    Shall we say, they are business partners, so they are excused for crimes?

  2. Lusik said:

    What?
    1. We are not one of those who see oil when looking at the Middle East. He “forgets” Nabuco?

    2. We are not one of those who see unearned income when looking at the Balkans. He “forgets” Kosovo and Bosnia?

    3. We are not one of those who look at the Caucasus, Asia and Africa with interest considerations. He “forgets” genocide-club membership?

  3. Lusik said:

    I hate reading “anonymous source”, but what is the likelihood that the following is a bluff?

    “Թուրքիայի վարչապետ Ռեջեփ Թայիփ Էրդողանը հայտարարել է, թե անվերապահորեն կաջակցի Լիբիայի առաջնորդ Մուամմար Կադաֆիին գահընկեց անելու գործողությանը՝ այդ ծառայության դիմաց պահանջելով Թուրքիայի՝ ԵՄ լիիրավ անդամակցություն։ Այս մասին է տեղեկացնում Middle East Newsline կայքը՝ վկայակոչելով անանուն մի դիվանագետի։
    «Թուրքիայի վարչապետ Ռեջեփ Թայիփ Էրդողանը սեղանին դրեց մի ծրագիր՝ պատրաստակամություն հայտնելով բոլոր հնարավոր միջոցներով աջակցել ՆԱՏՕ–ի՝ գնդապետ Մուամմար Կադաֆիի վարչակարգին վերջ դնելու հնարավոր գործողությանը։ Ըստ Էրդողանի ծրագրի՝ Թուրքիան Լիբիա էր ուղարկելու նավեր և զինվորներ։ Իսկ այդ ամենի դիմաց Էրդողանը պահանջում էր, որպեսզի Թուրքիային անհապաղ ընդունեն Եվրամիություն։ Միացյալ Նահանգները և անձամբ նախագահ Բարաք Օբաման աջակցություն հայտնեցին Էրդողանի ծրագրին»,– ասել է դիվանագետը՝ նշելով, որ Էրդողանի ծրագրերը փչացրել է Ֆրանսիայի նախագահ Նիկոլա Սարկոզին։”

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  6. immortal Souls of western Armenia risen said:

    birds of a feather stick together..I see them resembling each other, i mean their faces literally.. how wonderfully fitting for him… to be honored by Gaddafi!! oh, why didn’t our paper go all over this for us!! then…why didn’t we announce it everywhere.. then? oh, this is wonderful!! this man is a gift for our cause, we should announce his every move..

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