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Happy International Mother Language Day!
ABTTF President: “In our country Greece, our demand for kindergarten has been ignored for years, and children of our community are prevented from learning their native language Turkish, in pre-school education’’. The General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) declared ...
Resolution from the European Parliament on serious developments that threaten the rule of law in Greece
ABTTF President: “A harsh warning has now come from the EP to our country, which has disregarded the rule of law by failing to execute three judgments of the European Court of Human Rights regarding the associations of our community for almost 16 years, despite all the warnings of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. What suit...
Strong criticism of Greece regarding the rule of law in the European Parliament
ABTTF President: “Our country, which became a member of the EU in 1981, continues its attitude of disregarding the principle of the rule of law by persistently not executing three judgments of the European Court of Human Rights regarding the associations of our community for the past 15 years. The truth is plainly obvious. Our country must no...
A special reference was made to respect for minority rights at the EU-Western Balkans Summit
ABTTF President: “Why has our country, which is one of the oldest members of the EU and boasts of being the cradle of democracy at every opportunity, persistently not executed the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights regarding our associations in the Bekir-Ousta and Others Group of Cases for the past fifteen years? Why does our cou...
Prime Minister Mitsotakis met with representatives of the Greek minority in Tirana
ABTTF President: “Just as the Greek minority in Albania is Greek; we as the Turkish minority in Greece, we are Turks! However, our country does not accept this, turns its back on us, either ignores our problems or creates new ones each single day!’’ Our country Greece’s Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, went to T...
We condemn the attacks and violence targeting civilians in the Hamas-Israel War
As the Federation of Western Thrace Turks in Europe (ABTTF), we are watching with deep sadness and concern the Hamas-Israel war, which began with the attack of the armed wing of Hamas, Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades on 7 October 2023 targeting civilians in Israel and Israeli airstrikes on Gaza after this attack. It is indicated that on the tenth ...
The Committee of Ministers sent a letter to the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs as regards the Bekir-Ousta group of cases
ABTTF President: “We find it positive that it sent a letter to the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs, but when we examine the files related to the group of cases, we see neither a timetable nor an explanation for the steps that our country is planning to take in this regard. Indeed, we know that our country does not intend to execute all thre...
The migrant pushbacks in Greece were discussed at the EP Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs
ABTTF President: ‘‘Unlawful pushbacks are a clear example of the distorted practice of democracy and direct violation of human rights in our country. The investigation into the freezing of all assets against GHM Spokesperson Panayote Dimitras is also evidently a kind of retaliation by the Greek authorities for his work on pushbacks and ...
Happy 9 May Europe Day!
ABTTF President: “The EU is founded on the values of democracy, equality, freedom, rule of law and respect for the rights of persons belonging to national minorities. On 9 May Europe Day, we, as the Turkish community in Western Thrace living in Greece, an old member of the EU, demand full respect for our rights and freedoms, and we call on ou...
Question for written answer to the European Commission regarding hate speech targeting the Turkish community in Western Thrace
Member of the European Parliament (MEP) François Alfonsi (France, Greens/EFA) submitted a question for written answer to the European Commission as regards hate speech and systematic discrimination targeting the Turkish community in Western Thrace in Greece. In the question for written answer which was directed by MEP Alfonsi to the Europ...
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