Letters to the Editor

The Washington Post

August 9, 2001

A July 31 letter from the Turkish embassy accuses Kani Xulam of holding his vigil at Sheridan Circle to defend the terrorist organization known as PKK. But nowhere in his July 15 Close to Home piece does Mr. Xulam defend the PKK.

The four parliamentarians whose photographs line the vigil have been in prison for seven years for speaking Kurdish, which is illegal in Turkey. The rulers of Turkey have demonstrated their contempt for freedom.

The question is, where does the United States stand on freedom and human rights? Will it be more helicopters for Turkey or support for the human rights of the Kurds?

As for me, I’ll be standing at the vigil.



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