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human rights

How should the Swedish government react to the events in Turkey?

Published tisdag 18 juni 2013 kl 15.15
"It's a serious development"
(5:24 min)

The Turkish police made multiple arrests Tuesday following recent demonstrations across the country. Over the past few years the Swedish government has had close ties with the AKP government and Prime Minister Erdogan. And so far, the official Swedish response to the unrest and police violence has mainly consisted of a few tweets from the Swedish Foreign Minister.

But what can the Swedish government do to protest against the events on the streets of Istanbul, Ankara and all around Turkey? Should protests be made publicly, like those of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, or should they be behind the scenes?

Radio Sweden spoke to Paul Levin, director of the new Institute for Turkish Studies at Stockholm University, himself currently in Istanbul for a conference.

He says probably the best way the Swedish government can put pressure on the Erdogan government and promote human rights in Turkey is through more informal channels over the next few months.

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