Salil Shetty - Amnesty International

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Today's decision shows that truth and justice have become total strangers in Turkey. This is not a legitimate prosecution. This is a politically motivated persecution that charts a frightening future for rights in Turkey.feedback
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Jul 18 2017 Turkey
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Salil Shetty is associated, including United Nations Security Council, Council, and world. Most recently, Salil Shetty has been quoted saying: “This is not a legitimate investigation, this is a politically motivated witch-hunt that charts a frightening future for rights in Turkey. Today we have learned that standing up for human rights has become a crime in Turkey. This is a moment of truth, for Turkey and for the international community. Leaders around the world must stop biting their tongues and acting as if they continue business as usual.” in the article Turkish Court Jails Six Human Rights Activists Pending Trial - NBC News.
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Feb 22 2017 - Refugees

It was a year when a poisonous political rhetoric of 'us versus them' surged across the world. Whether it was the xenophobic and sexist rhetoric of President Trump's election campaign, European leaders' assault on the rights of refugees, President Erdogan of Turkey's massive crackdown after the attempted coup there or the so-called war on drugs in the Philippines.feedback

Sep 19 2016 - Refugees

Instead of sharing responsibility, world leaders shirked it. The UN summit has been sabotaged by states acting in self-interest, leaving millions of refugees in dire situations around the world on the edge of a precipice.feedback

Feb 25 2015 - United Nations

The United Nations Security Council was created to protect civilians to provide peace and security and they have dismally failed. We are saying therefore one of the instruments through which this failure has ended up happening is the abuse of the veto by the permanent five members of the Security Council time and again.feedback

May 08 2014 - Nigeria

No responsible government can sit back and do nothing in the face of such unfolding horror.feedback

Jan 22 2014

Always optimistic. That's the nature of my work.feedback

Jan 22 2014 - Human Rights

Do they listen? Are they influenced by opinions? I believe they are but the important thing for us is that human rights is a universal set of rights and we don't talk based on whether somebody is listening or not. It's very important for us to shine the light, to speak truth to power and I think over time truth and justice will prevail.feedback

Jan 22 2014

We thought so. That is the unfortunate fact that this is a few months ago that happened and it really picked the conscience of European people and European leaders but if you look at what has actually happened in practice instead, apart from having meetings and rhetorical statements, not much has changed in practice. That's one reason that I'm here.feedback

Jan 22 2014 - Human Rights

Unfortunately, there have been incidents of this nature and really again the EU should intervene in the situation, it's well within their competence. Austerity cannot be at the cost of human rights and this is a real genuine problem.feedback

Jan 22 2014 - Cyprus

Absolutely, absolutely. I think it's a matter of great shame. And you know, the net result if you don't take systematic actions, as the UN special rapporteur for example has said that Europe can easily take 250,000 refugees a year for the next five years. Now, if you don't take action today the fact that Syrian refugees are going to keep coming in Europe. That's going to happen because Nicosia which is the furthest point in Europe is not that far from Damascus, a couple of hundred miles. So, they will find their way here.feedback

Jan 22 2014 - Human Rights

What we normally recommend is that before austerity measures are put in place an essential prerequisite for governments is to look the human rights impact that these are going to have particularly on vulnerable populations. So, for example if you are going to do something in relation to public housing if people are going to be forcibly evicted from public housing because of an austerity measure, I think that it's absolutely essential that the European institutions and the member states take cognisance of this beforehand and not after the event.feedback

May 24 2012

The dictators have gone in many of these countries in transition, but not the dictatorships. So we have to keep our eyes very carefully on these places. We hope that in respect of who becomes the president, there are some absolute urgent things to do.feedback

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