ABTTF criticises Greece for double standards on human rights

Western Thrace
Thu, 16 Nov 2023 9:57 GMT
Federation of Western Thrace Turks in Europe (ABTTF) criticised Greece for associating Albania's negotiations with the European Union with the imprisonment of Mayor Beleri of Himara and for not showing the same sensitivity to its own minorities.
ABTTF criticises Greece for double standards on human rights

Federation of Western Thrace Turks in Europe (ABTTF) criticised Greece for associating Albania's negotiations with the European Union with the imprisonment of Mayor Beleri of Himara and for not showing the same sensitivity to its own minorities.

In the press release issued by ABTTF, it was stated that "Our country Greece blocked the start of accession negotiations between Albania and the European Union (EU), citing the imprisonment of the elected mayor belonging to the Greek national minority."

"Fredi Beleri, a member of the Greek minority living in Albania, who was elected Mayor of Himara in the local elections held on 14 May 2023, was arrested on charges of active corruption in the elections. Greece linked Albania's accession negotiations with the EU to the imprisonment of the elected mayor Beleri and called for an end to Beleri's imprisonment, describing it as a regression in human rights in the country."

ABTTF President Halit Habipoğlu said: "It is normal for our country to observe the human rights of the Greek minority living in Albania. We expect our country, which describes the imprisonment of the elected mayor of the Greek minority as a regression in human rights, to look in the mirror and show the same sensitivity for the Turkish community in Western Thrace, whose rights and freedoms have been systematically usurped for decades. Our country, which has made our educational and religious autonomy guaranteed by treaties practically unenforceable and has not implemented the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights regarding our associations for more than 15 years, ignores the values of democracy and law on which the European Union, of which it has been a member since 1981, is founded. The Copenhagen Criteria on democracy, the rule of law, human rights and respect for and protection of minorities are valid not only for EU candidate countries but also for the 27 member states of the EU and therefore for our country."

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