Lufthansa urged to change dangerous goods policy after tear gas carried by airline is allegedly used in repressing protests in Turkey

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12 June 2013

Response by Lufthansa: Petition urges Lufthansa to change dangerous goods policy after tear gas carried by airline is allegedly used in repressing protests in Turkey.

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Article
11 June 2013

[DOC] Lufthansa response

Author: Lufthansa

[Lufthansa's response to concerns about transporting tear gas used in forceful repression of protests in Turkey] We are taking the events in Turkey and the comments that reached us very seriously. However, we would like to point out that Lufthansa Cargo complied with all laws and regulations in respect of the mentioned transport from the United States to Istanbul which took place more than half a year ago in September 2012. We strongly believe that it is the task of governments and international institutions to define the rules governing the transport of goods. As an airline, we cannot assume to judge the moral legitimacy of a consignment, which meets all legal requirements, to a democratic country and NATO member like Turkey. Of course we stand for transparency and welcome any open discussion on all channels.

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Article
6 June 2013

Lufthansa rejects tear gas call [Turkey]

Author: Michael Daventry, Londra Gazete

[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?"

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Article
6 June 2013

Lufthansa! Declare you will cease all shipments of crowd control chemicals to Turkey at once!

Author: Isik Oguzertem, on iPetitions

We call on Lufthansa to issue a statement explicitly stating they will not transfer tear gas or other crowd control chemicals to Turkey...Have the senior management of Lufthansa ever felt the effects of tear gas? Have they ever been shot by a canister which specifically carries the instructions "Do not aim directly at humans"?... Have they ever experienced first-hand the disproportionate use of force, being fired upon for expressing one's constitutionally guaranteed and universally democratic right to assemble and have one's voice heard?..If they did, they would have found a regulatory and moral reason not to ship such cargo for use by a police force which has demonstrated unthinkable brutality against its own citizens...Lufthansa must make it clear it will not aid and abet the ruthless persecution of peaceful protesters who have a right to have their opinions heard...

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