Ilhan Omar Pushes Turkey on Kurdish Prisoners

published 19.05.2020 17:00

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She voted against sanctions on the Turkish military, and abstained from a vote to recognize the Armenian Genocide, a violent campaign against Armenian and Assyrian civilians by Ottoman Turkish forces during World War I. Omar cited her longstanding opposition to economic sanctions and wrote that “accountability and recognition of genocide should not be used as a cudgel in a political fight,” calling for recognition of America’s own historical crimes.

Omar's office had met with the HDP at least one other time between April and September 2019 “to discuss democratic backsliding, imprisonment of HDP elected officials and authoritarianism in Turkey,” according to records obtained under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

Omar had met with a delegation from the HDP, the largest Kurdish-led political party in Turkey, in March.

Omar’s decision to sign the letter comes after the progressive firebrand was criticized for shielding Turkey from human rights pressure in October.

signed a letter pressing Turkey on the fate of “journalists, activists, and other political prisoners” in light of the coronavirus pandemic.