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Sebahattin Abdurrahman: The Turks of Western Thrace in Greece since the Tre...
Fri 24 March 2017, 18:00 – 21:00 GMT
The Turks of Western Thrace in Greece since the Treaty of Lausanne:
Being an ‘old’ and ‘historical’ community, the Muslim-Turkish minority holds group-based minority rights provided by international treaties which were signed and ratified by Greece throughout 19th and 20th centuries, including the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne, in addition to their citizenships rights. Therefore, for the Turkish-Muslim minority in Greece, practising their minority rights has a long history, but the implementation of these rights has been controversial since 1923, but particularly throughout the last four decades. Regardless of the governments’ political perspectives, the Turkish-Muslim community have for many years been victims of systematic discriminations and oppression. Following its EU membership, it took Greece one decade to announce the equal treatment of minority members before the law. Despite some positive observable changes concerning citizenship rights, the issue regarding the application of minority rights is still far from expectations.
In this talk, Dr. Sebahattin Abdurrahman will try to explain how and why such discriminative policies were applied and how they have been justified. Not only the relationships between the minority community and the governments but also between the minority and the majority communities will be the main focus of this talk.