Xanthi’s deputy from the Radical Left Alliance, Syriza, Greece’s main opposition party, Husein Zeybek, said his party is ready to implement the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) regarding the rights of the Turkish minority in Western Thrace.
Zebek, who was once again a candidate for Syriza’s deputy from Xanthi in the elections to be held on May 21 in Greece, made assessments for the AA reporter.
Recalling the closure of the Turkish Xanthi Federation (ITB) in 1983 because it had a Turkish word in its name, and the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) of 2007 and 2008, it was decided to violate freedom of association. Syriza says these decisions can be implemented. We will work in this direction. We have brought this issue to Parliament when we were in power, but have been unable to obtain support from any party. I think a human rights sensitive party would approach this issue very differently. This legal struggle, which has turned into a snake story, is an event where democracy is also being tested,” he said.
ignore the minority
Zebek said that the institutions of Turkish minorities in Western Thrace came under pressure during the government of current Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Greece, and he said that Mikotakis ignored the minority on every visit he made to the region.
Zebek said, “Mr. Prime Minister visited our province a few days ago. Once again, he ignored our minority. Likewise, the leader of the PASOK party was here these days. He also ignored the minority.” Use the phrase.
Noting that one of the most important problems of the Turkish West Thrace minority is education, indicating that the level of education is not at the required level.
“The new democratic government has failed in the rights of minorities”
Zebek stated that the new mufti’s law was not accepted by the minority, and said, “Of course we showed our reaction to that. I also voted no in parliament. The new democratic government has failed in the rights of minorities.” He said.
Noting that the Greek people and the minority in Western Thrace were negatively affected by the epidemic process and the economic crisis, Zebek stated that the middle class had disappeared and the purchasing power had decreased.
“Our small farmer could not bear these policies and was on the brink of bankruptcy.”
Zebek pointed out that the wrong policies applied in Western Thrace, where agriculture and animal husbandry work in general, forced people to migrate, “We have a comprehensive agricultural policy. Cooperatives must be revived. We look at animal husbandry in a different way because we see the main point of view of the new democracy, politics The powerful and pro-wealthy people are also here. Our small, medium-sized farmer could not afford these policies and came to the brink of bankruptcy.” He said.
Referring to the recent tension between Turkey and Greece, Zebek said that Syriza supports resolving existing problems through dialogue and believes his party will implement a different foreign policy.
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