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- Turkish FM accuses Greece of failing to protect rights of minority in Thrace

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has criticized Greece of failing to uphold the rights of its Muslim minority in Western Thrace and of forbidding its members to call themselves “Turks.”

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Rhodes, Kos and the Dodecanese Turks Culture and Solidarity Association

- Turkish-Muslim Foundation Goods in Greece (Kos) are being sold out by auction

Turkish-Muslim Foundation Goods in Greece (Kos) are being sold out by auction.  

There are foundations belonging Turks and Muslim in Rhodes and İstanköy(Kos) of Greece. When government of the Islands was left to Italia it was decided that a commission would manage assets belonging to Foundation. When the Islands were left to Greece in 1947 the law numbered/dated 517/1947 was enacted.

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- Third FUEN Caucasus Seminar took place in Tbilisi

Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) held its third seminar in Tbilisi, capital of Georgia, on 10-12 December 2018 within the scope of the Project “Minorities in the Caucasus: Dialogue for a Stable Future”. The seminar which was organized in 2016 and 2017 in Flensburg where FUEN Headquarters is located on the border of Germany and Denmark, organized in Caucasus for the first time. At the seminar entitled “Political Participation-Dialogue at Eye Level” hosted by the Association of Azerbaijani Lawyers in Georgia, Georgian example was examined within the context of its dialogue with countries where the minority communities live in Caucasus.

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- 74 years have passed since the Meskhetian Turks were sent into exile

Today, we are commemorating the 74th anniversary of the exile of the Meskhetian Turks. The Meskhetian Turks were sent into exile 74 years ago, on 14 November 1944 following to the decision signed by Stalin, Soviet Leader. 92.307 people were rounded up from Meskheti, Adigün, Aspinza, Ahilkelek, Bogdanovka and 220 surrounding villages were sent into exile to Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan). From the ones exiled, 45.985 were children while 18.923 were elderlies and 27.399 were women. During the journey which lasted for 40 days, 12.859 people lost their lives because of hunger, cold and diseases. 

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- Halit Habip Oğlu visits Macedonian Turks in Skopje

Halit Habip Oğlu, Vice President of the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN), paid a study visit to Skopje, capital of Macedonia, on 30 August -1 September 2018, to meet with Turkish community in Macedonia. At the study visit hosted by Yeni Yol, Cultural and Fine Arts Association (KGSD) which had participated at FUEN Turkic Minorities/Communities Working Group (TAG) Meeting in İzmir, Melek Kırmacı Arık, from FUEN TAG Secretariat, accompanied Halit Habip Oğlu.

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Rhodes, Kos and the Dodecanese Turks Culture and Solidarity Association

- Resolution Rhodes, Kos And The Dodecanese Turks Culture And Solidarity Association (ROISDER)

At the Assembly of Delegates in Leeuwarden/Ljouwert, the Netherlands, on 23 June 2018, the Delegates of the Member Organisations of the Federal Union of European Nationalities adopted the following resolution:

The properties of the foundations belonging to the Rhodes and Kos Turks/Muslims in Greece are sold off forcibly and demolished.

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Federation of Western Thrace Turks in Europe ABTTF

- Western Thrace Turks participated at the FUEN 2018 Congress

At the congress with the theme of “The Message of a Million: Recognition and Protection”, results and future of the successful campaign “Minority SafePack Initiative” were discussed

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Kosova Genç Birlik Derneği

- Kosovo Young Union Association are now member of the FUEN!

Kosovo Turks are now member of the FUEN! After the presentation made by the FUEN TAG Secretariat on behalf of the Kosovo Youth Union, which did not attend the Congress but participated to the annual meetings of the FUEN TAG in the last two years, has become a member of the FUEN with the decision of the FUEN Assembly of Delegates.

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- Halit Habip Oğlu met with Irina Vlah, Governor of Autonomous Territorial Unit of Gagauzia in Chisinau

Halit Habip Oğlu, Vice-President of the Federal Union of European Nations (FUEN) made a visit on 18 April 2018 to Chisinau, capital of Moldova, of which Gagauzia is an autonomous region. 

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Rhodes, Kos and the Dodecanese Turks Culture and Solidarity Association

- RESTORATION TO BE STARTED IN DEVASTATED MURAT REIS COMPLEX IN RHODES (GREECE)

Mosque, Tomb and Graveyards within the historical Murat Reis Complex, in which the grave of Murat Pasha 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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