Türkiye calls on Greece to investigate death threat against Greek-born Turkish MP

Western Thrace
Sat, 17 Sep 2022 12:06 GMT
Muslim Turkish minority of Western Thrace expects Greece to investigate death threat against MP who is member of Turkish minority
Türkiye calls on Greece to investigate death threat against Greek-born Turkish MP

Türkiye on Friday called on authorities in Greece to investigate a death threat against a Greek lawmaker who is also a member of the country’s Muslim Turkish minority.

“We expect the Greek authorities to investigate this serious incident and punish the perpetrators,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Twitter, sharing a statement from the Turkish Minority Advisory Board in Greece’s Western Thrace region, which explained that Huseyin Zeybek was threatened.

The Western Thrace region – near Greece's northeastern border with Türkiye – is home to a substantial, long-established Muslim Turkish minority numbering around 150,000.

“We stand behind the Turkish Minority of Western Thrace, which will not give up its struggle for human rights and freedom despite all threats and pressure,” the ministry added.

According to a statement by the Western Thrace Turkish Minority Advisory Board, Zeybek was threatened during a live television program on local Next TV by a person who called into the program.

The board said the threatening phone call intended to “turn the marginalizing and targeting rhetoric (by Greece) that has been going on for many years into action.”

The rights of the Turks of Western Thrace are guaranteed under the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne, but over the decades the situation has seriously deteriorated, including Greece refusing to carry out rulings by the European Court of Human Rights.​​​​​​​


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