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Turkish NGO asks PM to return Gadhafi award

ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News | 2/20/2011 12:00:00 AM |

A Turkish NGO has called on the Turkish prime minister to return a 'human rights award' he received from Libya leader Muammar al-Gadhafi last year.

A Turkish NGO has called on the Turkish prime minister to return a “human rights award” he received from Libya leader Muammar al-Gadhafi last year.

The Young Civilians released a message on their website for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday, noting that Gadhafi took power in 1969 with a military coup and today “slaughters the Libyans who are marching in the streets for democracy.” The Young Civilians pointed out that Erdoğan has “displayed sensitivity” for the protesting Egyptians and asked for the same treatment for the Libyans.

“Return the Gadhafi Human Rights Award immediately. The slaughter continuing in Libya will be on our heads as long as this prize remains to stay on the shelves of the Prime Ministry.” Erdoğan received the award in Istanbul on Nov. 30. In remarks at the time, he said, “You can be sure this award, which I take in the name of my country and nation more the my own, will encourage our struggle for human rights on a regional and global scale.”

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