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6 Jun 2013

Michael Daventry, Londra Gazete

Lufthansa rejects tear gas call [Turkey]

[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Lufthansa to respond. Response provided]. Lufthansa has rejected demands to ban tear gas from its cargo services after it emerged a consignment used by police on the streets of Istanbul was carried into Turkey by the airline... Pictures of a used gas canister in Istanbul’s Beşiktaş district bearing a Lufthansa Cargo sticker have been widely distributed on Facebook and Twitter, triggering a petition for the airline to change its dangerous goods policy…Lufthansa Cargo said it complied with “all laws and regulations” and that it was for governments to “define the rules governing the transport of goods”...But Işık Oğuzertem, who is campaigning for a promise not to carry dangerous chemicals in future, said Lufthansa needed to consider the morality of its position, not its legality. “We understand Lufthansa is in compliance with applicable regulations,” he said. “But is it in compliance with moral regulations? International human rights standards? Is it in compliance with universally guaranteed human rights of freedom of speech and assembly?"