May hails UK-Turkey bond, presses Erdogan on human rightsMay 15, 2018 6:17pm

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May said Tuesday that Britain is Turkey's "true friend," but urged President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to uphold democracy and human rights.

Erdogan held talks with May at 10 Downing St. on the final day of a three-day trip to the U.K. that included an audience with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace and drew protests. Kurdish activists and human rights groups rallied outside May's office before the meeting, condemning Erdogan's increasingly autocratic rule.

His government arrested more than 50,000 people following a July 2016 coup attempt, and some 38,000 people still are behind bars for alleged links to the failed overthrow. More than 110,000 people have been purged from government jobs through emergency decrees.

Among the protesters in London on Tuesday were journalism groups calling for the release of detained media workers. At a news conference with May, Erdogan insisted Turkey had jailed journalists with alleged links to crime and terror activities.

"Just because they are journalists, just because they have a (press) card, doesn't mean everything is allowed," he said. "A terrorist cannot be a journalist."

May acknowledged that Turkey faced "extraordinary pressures from the failed coup, instability across the border from Syria and from Kurdish terrorism." But she said it was important that Britain's fellow NATO member "does not lose sight of the values it is seeking to defend."

"That is why today I have underlined to President Erdogan that we want to see democratic values and international human rights obligations upheld," the prime minister said.

Turkey is a key partner for Britain in the fight against Islamic State group militants. The U.K. is also seeking to bolster trade with Turkey after it leaves the European Union in 2019.

Page 1 of 1

More Stories Like This

More than 350 observers to monitor Turkish electionsA international security body says it is deploying 22 short-term and 350 long-term observers to monitor Turkey's June 24 snap presidential and parliamentary polls
Greek court clears way for Turkish servicemen to get asylumGreece's supreme court has cleared the way for the granting of asylum to eight Turkish servicemen who fled their country hours after an abortive military coup two years ago
A woman places flowers by a mural showing Savita Halappanavar, a 31-year-old Indian dentist who had sought and been denied an abortion before she died after a miscarriage in a Galway hospital, with the word YES over it, in Dublin, Ireland, on the day of a referendum on the 8th amendment of the constitution. The referendum on whether to repeal the country's strict anti-abortion law is being seen by anti-abortion activists as a last-ditch stand against what they view as a European norm of abortion-on-demand, while for pro-abortion rights advocates, it is a fundamental moment for declaring an Irish woman's right to choose.  (Niall Carson/PA via AP)
The Latest: Exit polls project Irish repealing abortion ban
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang walk past the People's Liberation Army honor guards during a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Thursday, May 24, 2018. The German Chancellor is on a state visit to China from May 24-25. (Wu Hong/Pool Photo via AP)
China's Li says German companies welcome amid US trade spat
Israeli Supreme Court rejects challenge to open-fire rulesIsrael's Supreme Court has rejected a legal challenge to the military's rules on when soldiers can fire their weapons amid weeks of violent protests that have killed dozens of Palestinians on the border with Gaza
People from the"Yes" campaign react as the results of the votes begin to come in, after the Irish referendum on the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution at the RDS count centre, in Dublin, Ireland, Saturday May 26, 2018. A leading anti-abortion group says Ireland’s historic abortion referendum has resulted in a "tragedy of historic proportions" in a statement that all but admits defeat, as two exit polls predict an overwhelming victory for those seeking to overturn the country’s strict ban on terminations. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
Prime minister, abortion rights groups claim win in Ireland
AdChoices

Related Searches

Related Searches

AdChoices