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Inandi here, Inandi there: Don’t ignore Turkey’s “passive violence”

It’s hot news.  On many media house websites, the item attracts multi- dimensional treatment.  On one of them, three out of five leading headlines (60%) are about it. In good editing practices, one feels like the left hand does not know what the right is doing, almost in line with recommended liturgical offertory modus operandi in Christianity.  But the nature of the story deserves the treatment.

The Turkish Minute, for example, asks: “Is Turkey facing a ‘Kashoggi moment’ in Kyrgyzstan?”  It flashes: “U.S. ‘concerned’ about reports of educator missing in Kyrgyzstan. UN calls on Turkey to promptly establish missing educator’s whereabouts ….” Even the fourth headline is not very far from the centre when “IPU urges Turkey to end continued arbitrary detention of former opposition…”

I recall the “Old MacDonald had a farm” chant that we used to sing to build our English vocabulary more than seven decades ago.  Rather than the chicks and ducks of Old MacDonald, this time round, it is: “Inandi call here, Inandi call there, everywhere Inandi call, Inandi call…” The missing link is that Turkey, or more   precisely, Erdogan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), won’t increase their ethics and good governance vocabulary.

They erode it and, instead, fill it with the unethical. It’s a vocabulary as well after all, they seem to argue.  For every positive there is a negative. For every virtue there is a vice. So, why not replace love with hatred, unity with disintegration, respect for the opposite opinion with repression? Just add as much antes the likes of “in”, “dis” and “un” as possible to all the good practices like tolerance, comfort and faithfulness and you are there.

The question is: “Why is this the state of affairs in Turkey?”  Everything in the country seems to be going in the opposite direction. For example, when the whole world is vying for democracy — global fatigue notwithstanding—to Erdogan, democracy is a “tram from which one disembarks upon reaching one’s destination.” Democracy and aristocracy all end with “cracy”. Why worry?  Provided it works — even if it ends with “crazy” for ‘democrazy’ and ‘aristocrazy’.

Corruption, greed for wealth under whatever acquisition methods, inconceivable thirst for political power transgressing even faith lines are typical of Turkey today.  Why do we have a typical violent government by all measures under Erdogan?  Or could it be as the Romans observed, despite their repressive times, that “natura humana ad mala inclinatur? Meaning, human nature is bent on or inclined to do bad things (malice).

Mahatma Gandhi left behind the theorem for finding this out in the trust of his grandson, Arun, under the tag of “Seven Blunders” of the world.  These are (alphabetically): Commerce without morality, Knowledge without character, Pleasure without conscience, Politics without principles, Science without humanity, Wealth without work and Worship without sacrifice.

In any one blunder, Turkey has a live example. But, more important, perhaps, is their common package of “passive violence” which triggers active violence of crime, rebellion and war. Gandhi went on to warn: “We could work till (the) doomsday to achieve peace and would get nowhere as long as we ignore passive violence …”

So the world is right when it keeps on knocking at the door of the conscience of Turkey and its leaders for their continued “passive violence” which has turned into a real global threat after ignoring all possible consideration of a system that is for peace at home and abroad.

Thanks to the Swiss-based International Association for Human Rights Advocacy (IAHRA GENEVA); the United Nations Human Rights Committee has called on Turkey to promptly take all measures necessary to establish the whereabouts of the abducted founder and president of the Turkish-Kyrgyzstan education network, Orhan Inandi.

Inandi is feared to have been kidnapped by operators of the Turkey’s national intelligence organization (MiT) due to his alleged links with Fethullah Gulen, now living in U.S. exile in Pennsylvania.

The committee also said the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government should ensure that Inandi would not be subjected to torture and inhuman treatment, guarantee his physical and mental integrity and immediately place him under the protection of the law.  But current laws in Turkey protect the rulers; not the ruled.

AKP was also asked to officially inform the committee, Inandi’s family and legal representatives of his whereabouts and take all measures necessary to enable the educator to be in regular contact with his relatives and legal representatives.

Rule 94 of its Rules of Procedures says that the committee may request, at any time after a request and before a determination of the merits has been reached, the relevant government to urgently take such interim measures as it considers necessary to avoid possible actions that could have irreparable consequences for the relevant parties. Inandi’s wife has quoted reliable sources that her husband was being subjected all sorts of tortures to make him sign documents clearing satanical moves against him by the Turkish government.

According to IAHRA GENEVA “Inandi … is now protected by the interim measures.” It is clearly demonstrated that what was done to him was a serious violation of international law and is binding and that failure to implement it would create legal responsibility for Turkey.

The question: “Is Turkey ready for this?” President Erdogan is on record for having responded to his Kyrgyzstan colleague that he did not know Inandi or anything about the matter. On top of that he said it categorically he does not want to hear anything about people related to Gulen.  Hatred at its height.  

This is of course a little white lie. He is chairman of a team that schemes MiT operations abroad. Inandi was taken to the Turkish Embassy in Kyrgyzstan. All that cannot take place without his information and knowledge because he is the chief planner. The information, by then, had been flashed by 24 global media houses! About 100 people perceived to be followers of Gulen living abroad have been abducted and forcibly brought to Turkey.

In a written response to an inquiry by a Turkish reporter, a U.S. State Department spokesperson expressed concern over reports that Inandi had been reported missing adding: “We continue to closely monitor developments.”

Meanwhile, members of a Germany-based association that helps refugees and other human rights defenders have staged a protest in front of the Turkish Embassy in Berlin demanding the immediate of Inandi. 

The world should keep on knocking at the conscience doors of Turkey leaders. This is not equivalent to the indigenous African observation of ‘beating a drum under water’. Erdogan, like Hitler, has told a lie for so long that the world now seems to have believed in his version of the July 15, 2016 failed coup although a confidant of his revealed the opposite.

Turkey must come back on track. Passive violence is the mother of all crime, rebellion and war.  It must not be ignored. Gandhi is gone. But his word is still live.

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Felix Kaiza is a Tanzanian journalist with more than 50 years of experience currently working as an independent media consultant. Learned in agriculture, journalism, political science and international relations, his main fields of consultancy, besides the media, are good governance, nature conservation, tourism and investment. He was the first Tanzanian Chief Sub-Editor of an English daily newspaper in 1970, he has been behind the establishment and growth of the national independent media since the early 1990s. He is UNFAO Fellow Journalist since 1975 and has wide experience on regional integration. He worked on the Information Directorate of the original East African Community on whose ashes survive the current one. His ambition is to brand Tanzania in the inbound market with made-in-Tanzania brands, including information, almost all of which is currently foreign brewed.

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