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- A pilot project implementation in six public kindergartens in Western Thrace

 

ABTTF President Halit Habip Oğlu: "Our demand is very clear that we want bilingual minority kindergartens within the minority schooling system"

The Institute of Educational Policies under the Ministry of Education of Greece declared that they would carry out a pilot project which envisages that a bilingual minority member, graduated from one of the higher education institutions in Greece, would work with a teacher in a kindergarten class in public schools in six provinces where children belonging to the Turkish Minority of Western Thrace live.

 

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- The masjid belonging to an association of Western Thrace Turks in Imathia-Veria was closed

ABTTF President Halit Habip Oğlu: "Although it is clearly written in the statute, the requirement for a separate work permit for the masjid is typical of Greece in the sense that it put obstacles in order to intervene in the freedom of religion and belief"

 The masjid inside Imathia (Veria) Muslims Education, Culture and Sports Association, an association belonging to the Western Thrace Turks, who immigrated to Alexandria (Gida), a district in Veria-Imathia (Karafere) province of Greece, was closed on grounds that that it had no work permit for the masjid.

 

 

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- Habip Oğlu met with the YTB Vice President Sayit Yusuf

Vice President of the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) Halit Habip Oğlu visited Vice President of the Republic of Turkey Prime Ministry Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (Y.T.B) Sayit Yusuf  in his office in Ankara on February 10, 2017. Habip Oğlu congratulated Yusuf on his new appointment as the Y.T.B Vice President and wished him success and great achievements in his future work.

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- FUEN wins on the legal struggle of European minorities

The European Court of Justice delivered that the European Commission decision  to reject the registration of FUEN’s one million signature campaign on grounds that the initiative is not within its competence was unlawful.

The General Court of the European Court of Justice delivered its judgment in favor of the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) in the case of the Minority SafePack Initiative against the European Commission’s decision on 16  September 2013 to reject the registration of the one million campaign

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Friendship, Equality, Peace (FEP) Party

- ‘I CONDEMN THE RACIST ACCUSATION AND STATEMENTS’

Greek Basketball Federation President Giorgos Vasilakopoulos in a statement as to why the Panathinaikos – Aris Greek Basketball final would not be played in Xanthi used the rhetoric ‘ we feared the Muslim minority would get involved in the events.’

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- MINORITIES IN THE CAUCASUS

From 14-17 December 2016 a dialogue project will take place in the House of Minorities of FUEN in Flensburg with minorities from the Caucasus region. The minorities in the Caucasus region face major challenges in finding their role in civil society. The core of the project is to create a dialogue between different ethnic and language groups.

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- FUEN Turkish Minorities / Communities Working Group 3rd Meeting was held in Berlin

The Third Meeting of the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) Turkish Minorities / Communities Working Group (TAG) was held on 14-17 November 2016 in Berlin, the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany. FUEN President Lorant Vincze attended to the meeting which was held in the Federal German Interior Ministry Work Building with logistical support of the FUEN Working Group of German Minorities (AGDM).

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Rhodes, Kos and the Dodecanese Turks Culture and Solidarity Association

- Greece: Acts of harassment against defenders working on the rights of minorities in Greece, including the arbitrary detention for a night and expulsion from Greece of Mr. Mustafa Kaymakçı

The International Secretariat of OMCT condemned detention and expulsion of Federal Union of European Nationalities(FUEN) member organization Rhodes, Kos and the Dodecanese Turks Culture and Solidarity Association Prof. Dr. Mustafa Kaymakçı.

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Federation of Western Thrace Turks in Europe ABTTF

- FUEN-member Turkish associations raise their problems at OSCE meeting

The representatives of Turkish Minority of Western Thrace, Meskhetian Turks and Crimean Tatars who are members of FUEN (Federal Union of European Nations) attended the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Human Dimension Implementation Meeting organised during 19-30 September 2016 in Warsaw. FUEN Legal Adviser and FUEN Brussels Office Manager Frank de Boer also participated to the meeting for two weeks where civil society representatives raised the problems of discriminatory practices faced in their homelands.

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Rhodes, Kos and the Dodecanese Turks Culture and Solidarity Association

- FUEN CONDEMNS ARREST OF MR KAYMAKÇI, PRESIDENT OF OUR MEMBER ORGANISATION FROM RHODES AND KOS

The Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) is shocked by the news that the president of our member organization Rhodes, Kos and the Dodecanese Turks Culture and Solidarity Association, Mr. Mustafa Kaymakçı was arrested and kept under detention one night in Kos (İstanköy), where he was doing research for a new project of his organization. 

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