Turkish regime to face International Criminal Court
Roni Alasor / March 1, 2023 - Hague - Middle East Diplomatic - European juridical-legal experts, VSAdvocaten law firm, lead by former Belgian cabinet minister and professor emeritus of constitutional law, Johan Vande Lanotte, backed by the European association of magistrates MEDEL (representing 18.000 judges in EU) and the Turkey Tribunal asking to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate those responsible for crimes against humanity within Turkish regime.
The initiative has collected detailed witness statements from 1,300 alleged victims based on 4,000 pages of documented evidence and submitted to the ICC prosecutor Karim Khan.
The European lawyers and juridical experts underline that the power holders of Turkish regime has organised systematic violation, torture, kidnapping on its own civilian population.
Talking to Middle East Diplomatic, Prof Johan Vande Lanotte said that “Whole 4000 pages well documented evidence materials took two years of my life. It’s clear that there is violence against fundamental human rights and conscious contempt of basic principles of international law. We are talking about 200,000 victims of torture, disappearances, incarceration and convictions without due process. The victims are the opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. We cannot make difference if crimes committed by Putin in Ukraine or by a member state of NATO. This is strictly against the international law and values of ICC. Also NATO members are subject to the international law, and NATO cannot turn a blind eye to the inhuman cruelty. NATO membership cannot be a reason to be exempted from being held accountable for committing crimes against humanity. This is also against international law”.
During a press conference in Hague in Nederland, Prof Johan Vande Lanotte also informed the international press-media representatives that there are now at the least 20.000 cases from Turkey before the European Human Rights Court.
Mr Lanote underlined that “since 2003, an investigation has been launched against more than 2 million people in Turkey on charges of being members of a `terrorist organization`. 560,000 people are on trial. According to Turkish official statistics, 270 thousand people have a hierarchical position in a terrorist organization. This is an absurd situation,” he said.
Mr Lanotte emphasized that the Turkish state was encouraged by impunity and called for the ICC prosecutor to conduct an investigation. Erdogan proudly and openly said, “We can kidnap you wherever we want, we can torture you. “No one will judge us”. This is the clearest picture of disrespect. It is the clearest picture we can see of criminal innocence. Those responsible for these acts knew that what they were doing was breaking all the basic rules. But they were also sure that they would go unpunished. The ICC was established to stop this impunity. And here ICC should act now before many more Turkish citizenssuffering. We urge the ICC prosecutor to address this case, to ensure that no individual can be considered above the law, even if serving as a senior official of a western NATO ally. The situation is very serious. The prosecution should also understand the seriousness of this situation.”