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A platform for the world’s tyrants: The UN’s General Assembly continues to amplify the words of the worst dictators

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As our respective home nations slid deeper into autocracy under despotic, criminal rulers, we found sanctuary in the United States. America is still a beacon of freedom to the world despite facing many challenges of its own in that department lately. We both fight for the liberation of our compatriots in Turkey and Russia, and for accountability and justice for their dictators, Recep Erdogan and Vladimir Putin.

Our colleagues and families have become regime targets at home, a typical tactic that also includes exiled dissidents from Iran, China and Venezuela. Recently, regimes have become more aggressive about targeting opposition figures abroad, even in the U.S., even hijacking planes. A united effort to protect dissidents inside and out of dictatorships is essential.

We have found allies in this fight in Washington and we also looked to New York City, home of the United Nations. But it turns out that the UN is more likely to welcome dictators than their victims and targets, and today’s General Assembly is their annual showcase.

Erdogan is back this year, at the proverbial scene of the crime where his bodyguards beat up protesters and injured UN security staff in 2017. That was only a few months after a similar incident in D.C. was given........

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