Erdogan: European Muslims are systematically discriminated against

Erdogan: European Muslims are systematically discriminated against

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent out a televised message at an event marking the anniversary of the start of talks on the Dayton Peace Agreement.

“European Muslims are being systematically discriminated against and their rights and freedoms are being taken away”, said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdogan sent out a videotaped message to the Summit of Leaders titled “Genocide: Lessons Learned from Srebrenica” organized by the Srebrenica Memorial Center and the Sycamore Foundation with the support of the Communications Directorate, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords on 1 November 1995, which signaled the end of the war and genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Stressing that the genocide in Srebrenica at the hear of Europe had been etched in human history as a black spot, Erdogan said: “Despite the 25 years that have gone by, the pain of our 8,372 brutally slaughtered Bosnian brothers continues to break our hearts. On this occasion, I once again honor the memory of our holy martyrs, and extend my condolences to the bereaved families of the victims of the genocide and to the Bosnian people”.

Stressing that the countries preaching to the world about human rights and democracy today are leading in Islamophobia and xenophobia, the President of the Republic of Turkey noted:

“Racial terrorism is spreading like a plague in many Western countries, sometimes supported by the level of heads of state”.

Recalling that attacks on Muslim places of worship, shops, mosques and non-governmental organizations have reached serious proportions, Erdogan said: “European Muslims are being systematically discriminated against, their rights and freedoms are being taken away. We must stop this wrong course that threatens the future of humanity and the culture of interfaith and multicultural coexistence. In the way anti-Semitism was fought after the Holocaust, today Islamophobia must be fought in the same way”. /ibna