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    Turkish women's group fights for name at ECHR

    Hürriyet Haber
    05 Ekim 2005 - 13:07Son Güncelleme : 05 Ekim 2005 - 13:07

    An organization formed by western Thracian Turkish women living in Greece has been forcibly shut down by the Greek federal Court of Appeals. The "Rhodopian Turkish Women's Culture Foundation" was closed down on account of the word "Turkish" found in its title, according to Greek and Turkish sources. Women from the foundation have brought their case to the attention of the European Court of Human Rights, claiming that their rights are being trampled by non other than an EU country.

    The president of the foundation says that the decision by the Greek Court of Appeals is in conflict with both the Greek Constitution and the norms of the EU.
     
    Interestingly, the decision by the Greek federal Court of Appeals upholds the decision by a local Thracian court made earlier to shut down the foundation. That decision, reflected in Court of Appeals' decision, was based on the interpretation of an article from the Lausanne treaties, which states that the Turkish minority in western Greece may refer to themselves as a religious minority, i.e. as a "Muslim minority," but not as a national or "Turkish minority."

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