Haberler      English      العربية      Pусский         Kurdî      Türkçe Delivering News and Insights Around the World Keltis
  En.Haberler.Com - Latest News
SEARCH IN NEWS:
  HOME PAGE 11/08/2022 06:38 
05.08.2022 19:12 News >> Greece Takes Flak Over New Legislation Disclaiming Turkish Minority's Religious Leaders

Greece Takes Flak Over New Legislation Disclaiming Turkish Minority's Religious Leaders

Legislation ignores Greece's international obligations, says organization of country’s 150,000 strong Muslim Turkish minority.

Greece has faced stiff criticism over new legislation on the religious leaders of its Muslim Turkish population that came into force on Tuesday.
The minority has said they were not consulted during the planning phase of the legislation, which allows the appointment of religious leaders, also known as muftis, by Greek authorities -- something the minority in the Western Thrace region calls "unacceptable," as it ignores the Turkish minority's right under the treaty to elect their own mufti.
Members of the minority have said the legislation fails to meet their demands, particularly on their autonomous election of their own religious leaders, as provisioned by international law and treaties.
Greece's Western Thrace region -- in the country's northeast, near the Turkish border -- is home to a substantial, long-established Muslim Turkish minority numbering around 150,000, especially in population centers such as Xanthi (Iskece).
In violation of a series of international and bilateral agreements, including the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne that established the minority's religious autonomy, Greece has been accused of aiming to turn locally elected muftis into Greek state officials via the new measures.
According to the legislation, the muftis would be turned into bureaucrats of the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, appointed by a ministerial committee instead of the related bodies of the minority.
The Western Thrace Turkish Minority Consultation Council, one of the minority's oldest and most prominent associations, stressed that the new legislation ignored the Treaty of Lausanne and has rejected what it called anti-democratic legislation that is far from being constructive.
In Xanthi, the office of the elected local mufti said the legislation was part of Greece's efforts to undermine the Turkish minority's rights and freedoms.
For its part, the Turkish Foreign Ministry has criticized Greece for denying recognition to the minority's elected muftis, and called this "unacceptable."
"Greece once again violated the rights and freedoms of the Turkish Minority in Western Thrace, guaranteed by international agreements, particularly the Lausanne Peace Treaty, through an act that it has enacted recently regarding the Muftis in Western Thrace," it said in a statement on Thursday.
Decades-long struggle for rights
The rights of the Turks of Western Thrace were guaranteed under the Treaty of Lausanne, but since then the situation has steadily deteriorated.
After a Greek junta came to power in 1967, the Turks of Western Thrace started to face harsher persecution and rights abuses by the Greek state, often in blatant violation of European court rulings.
The Turkish minority in Greece continues to face problems exercising its collective and civil rights and education rights, including Greek authorities banning the word "Turkish" in the names of associations, shuttering Turkish schools, and trying to block the Turkish community from electing its own muftis. -



        Latest News
Anadolu Agency's Morning Briefing - Aug. 11, 2022 14 minutes ago...
Daily briefing on latest global developments.
Massive Explosion Of House In Indiana Kills 3, Damages Dozens Of Homes 14 minutes ago...
More feared dead or injured, while 39 homes partially damaged or totally destroyed.
Deputy Head Of Sudan's Transitional Council Hopes For Agreement On Civilian Gov't 29 minutes ago...
Gen. Mohamed Dagalo stresses need to finalize institutions of transitional period.
Sierra Leone Declares Curfew Following Deadly Protests 14 minutes ago...
‘Unscrupulous individuals’ caused death of innocent people, including security personnel, says vice president.
Bulgarians Protest Against Government, Accuse It Of Being Pro-Russian 29 minutes ago...
Activists say buying natural gas from Russia means financing Russia's war against Ukraine.

 
      Top News
European Stocks Close Higher As Germany's Inflation Softens European Stocks Close Higher As Germany's Inflation Softens
Annual US Consumer Inflation Up 8.5% In July, Easing From 9.1% In June Annual US Consumer Inflation Up 8.5% In July, Easing From 9.1% In June
Police Arrest Suspect In Murders Of 4 Muslim Men In US State Of New Mexico Police Arrest Suspect In Murders Of 4 Muslim Men In US State Of New Mexico
Rishi Sunak Warns Of Tory Defeat Over Failure To Offer Public Financial Support Rishi Sunak Warns Of Tory Defeat Over Failure To Offer Public Financial Support
Olympique Marseille Reaches Deal In Principle To Sign Alexis Sanchez Olympique Marseille Reaches Deal In Principle To Sign Alexis Sanchez
Biden Signs Documents Supporting Finland, Sweden NATO Applications Biden Signs Documents Supporting Finland, Sweden NATO Applications
Australian State Passes Bill To Ban Nazi Swastika Australian State Passes Bill To Ban Nazi Swastika
Palestinian Teenager Fatally Shot By Israeli Forces In West Bank Palestinian Teenager Fatally Shot By Israeli Forces In West Bank
Australian Envoy Highlights Shift Of Ties With Türkiye From Wars To Bilateral Partnership Australian Envoy Highlights Shift Of Ties With Türkiye From Wars To Bilateral Partnership
Evidence Of Crimes Against Humanity In Myanmar Escalate: UN Report Evidence Of Crimes Against Humanity In Myanmar Escalate: UN Report