This week Erdogan’s government, yet again, attacked the Dutch on the human rights situation in the Netherlands. This time, they complained to the UN’s Human Rights Council (OHCHR) about the Dutch treatment of their Turkish Family Affairs Minister Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya.
In March, the Dutch government refused her to campaign in Rotterdam for the Turkish referendum and escorted her out of the country. According to the Turkish delegation within the UN, this was a severe violation of human rights and Kaya vowed to start a judicial procedure against the Dutch government.
During the OHCHR meeting, the human rights situations of the UN member states were discussed. This Wednesday, during the discussion of the Netherlands, a Turkish representative spoke of:
“a deteriorating human rights situation” with “xenophobic and islamophobic trends.”
The Turks continued their statement, and also brought up the election campaign of Geert Wilder’s Freedom Party (PVV): “the Dutch elections were filled with hateful slurs against Muslims.” These words echoed the earlier statement made by Turkish Interior Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu stating that Geert Wilders was full of “fascist thoughts.”
Therefore, Turkey advised the Council to improve the human rights situation in the Netherlands and opted them to respect the diplomatic rules of engagement as recorded in the Vienna Convention. And finally, and unsurprisingly, Turkey advised that the Dutch should give their Turkish-Dutch children lessons in the Turkish language at elementary and high school.