- The Washington Times - Monday, November 30, 2009


I read with interest Suzan Fraser’s article in The Washington Times regarding recent development in Turkey (“Turkey moves toward peace with Kurds,” World, Nov. 14). The article points out Turkey’s efforts in response to pressure from the European Union to resolve discrimination against the Kurds as it courts membership in the EU.

As a major step toward acceptance into the EU, Turkey has lifted the ban on usage of the Kurdish language and has made moves toward restoring the Kurdish names of villages and other things in order to meet a minimum of the EU demands.

However, I was disappointed in that Ms. Fraser did not mention that the EU, on the other hand, is deafeningly silent on the law recently enacted in Slovakia, a member of the EU and NATO, forbidding 12 percent to 15 percent of its population - members of the ethnic Hungarian population - to speak their native language in public under heavy fine.

Slovakia is a member of the EU, and yet the EU is totally silent. The EU justifiably demands that Turkey fully recognize the human rights of the Kurds, but then it ignores the despicable violation of human rights in a member country, Slovakia. I believe that The Times should point out this double standard. Human rights should apply across the board, and Slovakia should be forced to rescind its oppressive discriminatory measure.



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