The controlled media has blacked out numerous violations of international refugee laws by Turkey—even though its border guards have killed Syrians and it is building a rocket resistant concrete wall along its entire border with Syria.
News of the Turkish violations of international law have been issued by the “Human Rights Watch” (HRW) organization, but have been ignored by the media as part of their instructions to portray that country in a friendly light.
According to the HRW report, Turkish border guards regularly shoot and beat Syrian “asylum seekers” trying to reach Turkey, actions which “result in deaths and serious injuries.”
The HRW report said that during March and April 2016, Turkish border guards used violence against Syrian “asylum seekers and smugglers, killing five people, including a child, and seriously injuring 14 others, according to victims, witnesses, and Syrian locals.”
Officially, Turkey maintains the country has an “open-door policy” for Syrian refugees—despite its ongoing building of a new border wall.
Turkey has also directly supported Syrian “rebels” fighting the government in Damascus.
In so doing, the Turkish government has, like many Western European governments and the U.S. administration, aligned itself with the radical Islamists fomenting the war in Syria.
This support for the Western intervention in Syria against the Syrian government is the main reason why the controlled media refuses to publish news hostile to the Turkish government, even when it contains news of their favorite topic du jour, the Third World “refugee” invasion.
“While senior Turkish officials claim they are welcoming Syrian refugees with open borders and open arms, their border guards are killing and beating them,” Gerry Simpson, senior refugee researcher at Human Rights Watch, said in an official statement.
In April 2016, HRW reported that Turkish border guards enforcing Turkey’s one-year-old border closure had shot at Syrians escaping Aleppo, and that Turkish border guards had blocked thousands of fleeing displaced persons after their camps near the border had been hit by artillery fire.
Then, HW said, Turkish border guards in the nearby watchtowers used loudspeakers to announce in Arabic that no one should approach the border and that anyone who did would be shot.
As of early April, Turkey had completed a third of its 911-kilometer rocket-resistant concrete wall along its border with Syria and was working to fortify the rest of its border.
Of course, if any European country adopted such measures, the controlled media would give it negative publicity, along with commentary about how “evil,” “racist,” and “xenophobic” such actions would be.
However, because it is Turkey behaving in this fashion, the controlled media has hardly bothered to even make mention of the new HRW report.