Two suspected members of the Fetullah Terrorist Organisation were allowed to speak at a UN panel in Geneva despite protests by Turkey's Permanent Mission to the UN Office at Geneva.
Despite all attempts by Turkey, two suspected members of the Fetullah Terrorist Organisation (FETO) were allowed to spread propaganda during a recent UN panel discussion.
A panel defaming and threatening Turkey and state-run Anadolu Agency was held by the terror group at the UN Office in Geneva during the 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council.
Abdullah Bozkurt, the former Ankara representative of the now defunct Today’s Zaman newspaper who is sought over charges of being a FETO member, and Levent Kenez, who is also suspected of being part of FETO’s media arm, spoke at the event.
The panel was held near the council’s offices despite written and verbal protests against it by the Permanent Mission of Turkey to the UN Office at Geneva.
UN rapporteur skips panel
Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Fionnuala D. Ni Aolain, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, decided not to take part in the event due to a “conflict of interest."
The event’s organisers sent a letter to the Association of Accredited Correspondents at the United Nations and invited journalists to cover the panel, but only two showed up.
Anadolu Agency targeted
PKK sympathisers in Switzerland taking part in the event showed solidarity with the FETO terror group.
Bozkurt threatened an Anadolu Agency reporter covering the panel ahead of the event, telling him that “from now on, you are on my radar.”
In response to the reporter asking “Aren’t you ashamed of always defaming Turkey on Twitter?”, Bozkurt said, “You wait. I will have a lot of things to say about Turkey at the panel.”
During his speech, he used a denying tactic employed by FETO members about the July 15, 2016 coup attempt in Turkey which left 251 people killed and nearly 2,200 wounded.
Both Bozkurt and Kenez targeted Anadolu Agency during their speeches.
Hostile stance toward Turkey
Bozkurt has been living in Stockholm for three years.
One of the founding members of the Stockholm Centre for Freedom, he is reportedly receiving aid from the Swedish state.
Frequently appearing on Swedish media outlets, he attempts to justify FETO’s coup attempt and speaks against Turkish NGOs in Sweden.
Spreading propaganda against Turkey on social media, he often sues Turkish citizens who oppose him.
Three days before the assassination in December 2016 of Andrei Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Bozkurt wrote an article saying that "ambassadors in Turkey are no longer safe" almost hinting at the envoy's possible murder.
On December 19, 2016, Karlov was killed at an Ankara art gallery by Mevlut Mert Altintas, an off-duty police officer linked to FETO. Altintas was shot dead by police at the time of the envoy's assassination.
Targeting Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch in northern Syria to eliminate the PYD/PKK and Daesh terror groups, Bozjurt said on social media the operation aimed to fuel religious bigotry within Syria.
In another Twitter post, Bozkurt targeted Turkish citizens who protested against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.