The extradition follows an extended pressure campaign by Turkey and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg for Finland and Sweden to abandon their human rights commitments to unblock their bid to join NATO.
Turkey has remained the only NATO member opposed to Finland and Sweden’s accession, accusing the Nordic states of harboring “terrorists” and demanding the extradition of 33 Kurdish activists to Turkey, where they are likely to face serious human rights violations.
As Turkey’s war on Kurdish communities in Syria and Iraq intensifies, NATO’s bid to expand further north has given it a blanket of impunity — one that will only broaden as Sweden and Finland give in to its demands.
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