Iranians Threatened In Turkey

After the brutal crackdown in June, 2009 of those who protested the illegal election to the presidency of Ahmadinejad, thousands of activists fled to other countries to escape prison or being brutalized. Many have found refuge in Turkey, but even there the long arm of Iranian security forces continues to be a problem. Activists, even though they thought being in Ankara would offer protection, have discovered that Iranian security force agents are posing threats to their lives. One man told the media of being awakened at night to discover three men trying to break into his apartment. The next day he received a message on the Internet how the previous night was a warning.

There is no way to protect human rights fighters unless governments of other nations make clear to Iran they will not tolerate having people brutalized in their nation. The ball is in the court of the Turkish government to prove it governs its own nation.

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