By Bernie Bell
It’s the time of year when the telly is full of ads. for holidays, including Rob Brydon taking part in unlikely activities as part of a cruise trip, and tempting destinations bathed in sunshine.
I’ve noticed that Turkey is getting a lot of attention, being presented as such a lovely, lovely place to visit. I’m sure there are plenty of interesting and delightful things to see and experience there, BUT – and it is a big BUT –
What the ads don’t mention, is Turkey’s record on human rights abuse. Until 1991, the Kurds, an ethnic minority in Turkey, were not allowed to use their own language. I say they are a minority, but they do constitute about 20% of the population, which is a lot of people.
The Kurds weren’t allowed to use their own language, and their culture was, and still is, ruthlessly suppressed by the Turkish authorities. It is still illegal to use the Kurdish language as a method of teaching in schools. This situation should strike a chord with the Scots, and the Irish, and the Welsh.
The all-out ban on Kurdish culture was lifted in 1991, but abuse and unfair treatment continues, and many international human rights organisations have condemned Turkey for its record of many, many human rights abuses against the Kurdish people.
To find out more about the suppression of the Kurdish people in Turkey you could start here…https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights_of_Kurdish_people_in_Turkey
So, do you really want to go to Turkey for your holidays? Sitting in your living room in the cold and wet of Britain in January, a holiday in the sun is understandably tempting, but at what cost to other human beings? Do you really want a “cheap holiday in others people’s misery” – The Sex Pistols.
There are other sunny places to go – maybe somewhere warm and sunny, which needs its economy building up a bit, but which doesn’t have a government which persecutes people, including some of their own people.
That rules China out then. https://theorkneynews.scot/2018/03/17/a-bit-of-a-rant-about-respect/
In the milder months, you can’t beat Scotland for a holiday, as long as you remember to pack your midge repellent!
And finally, if you’re still thinking longingly of a holiday in Turkey, here’s something else the ads don’t mention – and something worth thinking about………….
Or. if you feel that this doesn’t even bear thinking about, how can you consider using your ‘holiday dollar’ to support a country which would consider establishing such a law?