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- 7 months of imprisonment for Elected Mufti of Xanthi Ahmet Mete

Halit Habip Oğlu: “Religious autonomy of the Turkish community in Western Thrace, of which right to elect its own religious leaders which are muftis has been usurped by Greece since 1990, has been disregarded once again with the court’s judgment of imprisonment.”


The Virtuous Mufti of Xanthi Ahmet Mete elected by the Turkish community in Western Thrace, Greece and Imam of the Glafky (Gökçepınar) village Erkan Azizoğlu were both sentenced to 7 months of imprisonment in the lawsuit where they were tried for “usurping the office” and their punishment was delayed for 3 years.

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- Doctor in Didimoticho expels the Western Thrace Turk from the hospital!

As ABTTF we condemn this racist and discriminative behavior not complying with Hippocrates Oath and professional dignity of a doctor whose fundamental assignment is to treat people, and demand that the right to health and medical care of each member of the Turkish community in Western Thrace, Greece, which is one of the basic human rights, is respected.

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- FUEN TAG 4th Annual Meeting Executed in İzmir

4th Annual Meeting of the Working Group of Turkic Minorities/Communities(TAG) within the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) was held on 24-27 October 2017 hosted by FUEN member Rhodes, Kos and Dodecanese Turks Culture and Solidarity Association (ROISDER). Laszlo Bodor, Director of the Campaign of “Minority SafePack Initiative (MSPI)” also participated at the meeting in leadership Halit Habip Oğlu, FUEN Vice-President. 

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- Xanthi Turkish Union administrators shown explicitly as a target by the racist organization!

Halit Habip Oğlu: “We severely condemn the ones who struggle for the rights of the Western Turkish community being targeted openly and we call on the competent authorities of our country Greece to make the required intervention immediately against this threat against safety of life”

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- FUEN member Turkic organizations are at the OSCE

 

Turkic organizations, which are members of the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) participated at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Human Dimension Implementation Meeting organized in Warsaw, Poland. Western Thrace Turks, Rhodes-Kos Turks, Ahıska Turks and Crimean Tatars who are member of FUEN Working Group of Turkic Minorities/Communities (TAG) and Kosovo Turks which is not yet a member of FUEN but attended at the FUEN TAG Annual Meeting in 2016 participated at the OSCE meeting, which is the largest conference in Europe in the field of human rights and democracy.

 

 

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Rhodes, Kos and the Dodecanese Turks Culture and Solidarity Association

- MURAT REIS COMPLEX IN RHODES WAS SHUT DOWN

 

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Mosque, Tomb and Graveyards within the historical Murat Reis Complex, in which the grave of Murat Pasa takes place, in Rhodes, Greece have been left to its fate and about to collapse due to neglect. Recently, at the beginning of July 2017, Greece Government shut down the entry gate of the Complex to prevent the tourists to see the said collapse.

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There are many historical artifacts dating back to the times of the Ottoman Empire in Rhodes Island, Greece which was under the sovereignty of the Ottoman Empire for 390 years. However, the artifacts that belong to the Turkish Muslim Association are being taken away from them, and therefore; either left to perish in time or used for different purposes.

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- FUEN brought non-diplomatic language of Greece to the UN

 

Federal Union of European Nations (FUEN) presented a written statement at the 35th Session of UN Human Rights Council held in Geneva on 6-23 June 2017 and criticized the tone of the response of Greece to two written statements related to the problems of the Western Thrace Turks and the Turks in Rhodes and Kos presented in the previous session by FUEN. In the 34th session held in March, Greece against diplomatic practices used a rude, derogatory and slanderous tone as a response to FUEN that brought the problems of the Western Thrace Turks and Turks in Rhodes and Kos on the agenda.

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- The Minority SafePack Initiative is now available for online signatures

As of today, European citizens everywhere can now support the European Citizens’ Initiative online, to promote the cultural and linguistic diversity in Europe. On the Minority SafePack Initiative campaign homepage (http://www.minority-safepack.eu) the “Sign” button will allow access to the official petition system, where the respective country form needs to be accessed and the required data needs to be filled in. Additionally, a full overview of the online signatures that have been registered so far can be viewed.

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- Visit by the Working Group of Turkish Minorities/Communities to the Turkish community in Bulgaria

 

Halit Habip Oğlu, Vice-President of the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) paid on 5-7 May 2017 a study visit to Bulgaria upon the invitation of Kardzhali Turkish Culture and Arts Association (TÜRKSAD). During the study visit to Bulgaria where about 1.5 million Turks live, Habip Oğlu was accompanied by K. Engin Soyyılmaz from the Secretariat of the Working Group of Turkish Minorities/Communities (TAG) inside FUEN. 

During the entire study visit organized to meet with the Turkish community living in Bulgaria and learn about its problems, Müzekki Ahmet, Chairman of TÜRKSAD, and Seyhan Mehmet, Vice-Chairman of TÜRKSAD and Chairman of Ömer Lütfi Cultural Association, who attended as a guest the 3rd annual meeting of FUEN TAG in November 2017 in Berlin, accompanied and hosted the Delegation.

 

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- FUEN Vice-President Halit Habip Oğlu visited the Turkish community in Kosovo

Halit Habip Oğlu, Vice-President of the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN), visited on 17-19 April 2017 the Turks living in Kosovo, who are one of the founder communities of the Republic of Kosovo. Upon the invitation extended by the Kosovo Youth Union Association on the occasion of National Festival of Kosovo Turks on 23 April, FUEN Vice-President Habip Oğlu met during the visits paid to Pristina and Prizren where Kosovo Turks populate intensely with the representatives of the Turkish community in the Republic of Kosovo which obtained its independence on 17 February 2008. During the study visit, Habip Oğlu was accompanied by Melek Kırmacı Arık, Director of International Affairs of the Federation of Western Thrace Turks in Europe (ABTTF) which runs the Secretariat of the Working Group of Turkish Minorities/Communities (TAG) inside FUEN.

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