Recep Tayyip Erdogan
"You can be sure that this award will encourage our struggle for human rights in regional and global sense," Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said during the award ceremony.
Erdogan said countries of the region could not turn their back to each other, and they could not remain indifferent to each other's problems.
Peace, justice, brotherhood and solidarity were in the best interests of every country, Erdogan also said.
The Al-Gaddafi International Prize for Human Rights is an annual prize founded by and named after Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi.
The prize is awarded every year to one of the international personalities, bodies or organizations that have distinctively contributed to rendering an outstanding human service and has achieved great actions in defending human rights, protecting the causes of freedom and supporting peace everywhere in the world.
Turkey's prime minister said on Monday that Turkey was objecting to injustice and violence all around the world just for the sake of humanity.
Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his government was facing criticisms not only within the country but also within some international circles just because it was objecting to violence and injustice all around the world.
"Therefore, our clamour is just for humanity," Erdogan said as he received Al-Gaddafi International Prize for Human Rights.
Erdogan said Turkey would never turn a blind eye to massacre of innocent people, particularly children, with modern weapons, and Turkey would not remain silent and indifferent to violence in the world.
"We will not remain silent to massacre of nine innocent civilians in the Israeli attack on Blue Marmara (aid ship last May)," Erdogan said.
Erdogan said Turkey would continue to defend rights of people who faced injustice, violence and invasion in the Middle East and the world.
The Turkish premier defined human rights as universal and sacred for everybody, and said Turkey believed that it could not be peaceful if the Middle East was not peaceful.
"Similarly, if Africa is not in welfare, our welfare cannot be permanent," Erdogan said.
Erdogan said Turkey was sincerely making its calls for peace under the auspices of the Alliance of Civilizations Initiative, and was sincerely working for peace at the United Nations Security Council.
Also, his government was carrying out accession talks with the European Union (EU) and trying to bring universal goals to both Turkey and the region, Erdogan said.
Erdogan also said Turkey wanted peace and justice in its region and the world, and if there was peace, compromise, stability and welfare, in the region, everybody would benefit from them.