- FUEN TAG Spokesman Habip Oğlu met with Secretary General of the Organization of Turkic States Omuraliev
Working Group of Turkic Minorities/Communities in FUEN (TAG) Spokesman Halit Habip Oğlu met with the Secretary General of the Organization of Turkic States (OTS) Kubanychbek Omuraliev in his office on 2 February 2024.
- The educational issues of the Turkish communities in Greece were voiced at the EP Intergroup on Minorities
The educational issues of Western Thrace Turks and Turks from Rhodes and Kos that are part of the Turkish community in Greece were conveyed at a meeting of the Intergroup on Traditional Minorities, National Communities and Languages at the European Parliament (EP) on 23 November 2023.
- The autochthonous, national minorities in Europe came together at the 67th FUEN Congress
The 67th Congress of the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) was held in Pécs/Fünfkirchen/Pečuh, Hungary on 7-10 September 2023. The Federation of Western Thrace Turks in Europe (ABTTF), representing the Western Thrace Turks; the Public Organisation of Meskhetian Turks “VATAN” representing the Meskhetian Turks and the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People representing the Crimean Tatars (QTMM), from the members of the FUEN Working Group of Turkic Minorities/Communities (TAG) attended the Congress hosted by the German minority in Hungary. "Duslyk", an organisation of Bashkirs from Ukraine, also attended the Congress as a guest.
The earthquakes centered in Pazarcık and Elbistan in Türkiye’s Kahramanmaraş province which happened on 6 February 2023 broke our hearts. We wish God’s mercy on those who lost their lives in the earthquake that affected 10 provinces in Kahramanmaraş and its wider surroundings, and a speedy recovery to the injured.
Our prayers are with Türkiye as the search and rescue activities continue!
Recover soon Türkiye!
You can convey your aid and donations to Türkiye so that it can heal its wounds quickly.
For cash aid, the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Türkiye launched an earthquake donation campaign.
Aid is accepted for earthquake victims under the title of earthquake and donations can be made through virtualPOS, bank accounts on afad.gov.tr.
As the FUEN TAG family, we hope that the year 2023 will bring peace, health, joy and prosperity, and we wish that the New Year will be full of hope and the good aspirations will be realised for the Turkic world and all of humanity.
Greece has implemented various policies for the cultural assimilation of island Turks. The most important of these issues are the policies of culture and education. All Turkish schools providing bilingual education in Rhodes and Kos (İstanköy) were closed in 1972.
It does not seem likely for Rhodes and Kos (İstanköy) Turks to claim their rights to preserve Turkish cultural identity in Greece today. Fear is everywhere. It is well known that Turks even avoid saying openly that they are ''Turks''.
For this reason, Rhodes, Kos (İstanköy) and the Dodecanese Turks Culture and Solidarity Association (ROISDER) was established in 1996 by island Turks who immigrated or were forced to immigrate to the Republic of Turkey in the hope of finding themselves a new homeland and occupations based on quality education. The primary objective of the founders of the Association was to protect the cultural identty of their relatives and cognates in the islands.
ROISDER has been working to raise awareness at various international organisations in an effort to stop the cultural assimilation by Greece; moreover, the association continues its publishing activities with publications made in Turkish and English.
The book entitled ''Rodos ve İstanköy Türk Kültürü'' (Turkish Culture in Rhodes and Kos (İstanköy) was written to bring to light Turkish culture and Turkish identity that have been brought to the brink of destruction. The articles in the book mainly address the culture created by the Turks in the islands, in other words, cultural dimensions from architecture to Turkish Folk Dances and Music, from literature to needlework handicraft, from language, education and belief culture to folk medicine and food culture.
Furthermore, lives of intellectuals who were influential in the cultural life of the islands and also statesmen of Rhodes and Kos (İstanköy) origin who assumed key positions in the Republic of Turkey during both the Ottoman Period and the Early Republican Period were also addressed in this book.