The EU and minority rights in Turkey

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Toktaş Ş., Aras B.

Political Science Quarterly, vol.124, pp.697-720, 2009 (SSCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 124
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/j.1538-165x.2009.tb00664.x
  • Journal Name: Political Science Quarterly
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.697-720
  • Police Academy Affiliated: No


The conventional elements of Turkey’s minority regime are based on the legal framework of the Lausanne Peace Treaty, the state’s political maneuverings and societal attitudes. The EU seriously challenges the conventional treatment of minorities in Turkey. The Commission via its annual progress reports on Turkey, the Council via its summit decisions and the Parliament via oral and written questions addressed in the assembly emphasize the need for a better treatment of minorities in Turkey and call on Turkey to improve its human as well as minority rights records.