Amnesty International human rights organization issued a statement criticizing the violent murder of the 85-year-old Armenian woman Maritsa Kuchuk in Turkey. She was beaten, stabbed and decapitated.
The Istanbul-based Armenian Agos weekly warns that this is not the first case of violence against Armenians. Another woman was assaulted and robbed in December. Amnesty International warns that last year a taxi driver attacked the passenger only because the latter was Armenian.
The international organization does not rule out that Sevak Balkci’s murder on April 24 in the army was due to religious issues and ethnic intolerance.
The organization appeals to the Turkish authorities to eliminate intolerance in the society in order to prevent such cases.