Statement Of The Spokesman Of The Ministry Of Foreign Affairs Tanju Bilgiç In Response To A Question Regarding The Law Adopted In The Greek Parliament On 9 September 2014 , 10.09.2014
10 September 2014
have followed closely the preparation and adoption processes of the Law on the
Punishment of Racism and Xenophobia adopted by the Greek Parliament on 9
September 2014 and have suggested Greek authorities at each level to act in a
this context, we have also noted the statement that the Greek Minister of
Justice, Transparency and Human rights, made at the Greek Parliament session on
5 September that this is not a foreign policy action and does not target any
neighboring country, including Turkey.
We will follow closely the implementation of
the Law which refers, inter alia, to groundless resolutions adopted by the
Greek Parliament in the past at the risk of undermining the principle of
freedom of expression which is the foundation of pluralistic democracies.
the other hand, we believe that the
enactment of the aforementioned Law can pave the way for the punishment of the
discriminatory and marginalizing acts and discourses to which the Turkish
Minority in the Western Thrace whose grievances in Greece were also reflected
in ECtHR rulings and the community of
Turkish origin living in Rhodes and Kos, have been exposed.