DS: In the previous weeks, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid bin Ra'ad described the infringement news coming from the southeast as "concerning" and has called for an independent investigation. How do you evaluate this statement?
In an area where there is a fight against terrorists, a curfew can be regarded as an infringement of human rights, even though you are trying to protect civilians. However, we do not find this kind of biased statements right, disregarding the fact that there is a terrorist organization which is planting mines and digging ditches, which is also supported politically by certain parties. We do not have any concern that our security forces are acting with properly. It is not possible for a state to protect the basic rights of its citizens, if it cannot guarantee the public security. Therefore, the top priority of a state is to secure the public space. For this reason, fighting terror until the end is essential to protect the basic rights of our citizens. European countries should regard our fight against terror while keeping these facts in mind. Lastly, it is completely inconceivable to not observe that Turkey is making exemplary efforts to balance between freedom and security.
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