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Federation of Western Thace Turks in Europe

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Federation of Western Thrace Turks in Europe


Federation of Western Thrace Turks in Europe (ABTTF) is the highest institution and sole representation of the Turkish immigrants from Western Thrace in Greece who have organized rapidly throughout Germany after the foundation of the first Western Thrace Turkish minority association in 1979 in Giessen. It was founded on 28 February 1988 through getting together of 7 minority associations, and is today the umbrella organization of 30 associations from entire Europe. It operates solely on a non-profit basis. Since July 2006, Federation of Western Thrace Turks in Europe is in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN), and in May 2007, it has become ordinary member of the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN). ABTTF was founded with the aim of proclaiming both in western European countries and in the international arena the voice of Western Thrace Turkish minority which is being obliged to live under very severe conditions, and is active through lobbying for the solution of the minority problems at many international organizations such as UN, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), European Union (EU) and Council of Europe (CoE). It is the voluntary ambassador of our minority in western Europe, and lobbies for the solution of its problems. For this purpose, ABTTF publishes newsletters, bulletins, pamphlets, periodicals and reports related to our minority and the current developments in Western Thrace in the languages of Turkish, English, German and Greek, and these are then provided and submitted to the information and attention of the concerning institutions, international governmental and non-governmental organizations, media and academic and political persons such as MPs in the European Parliament. Furthermore, ABTTF organizes activities in order to satisfy the social needs of Turkish immigrants from Western Thrace living in western European countries, and undertakes also many social activities in order to bring the Western Thrace Turks together. Evening meals organized by ABTTF with the support of the member associations during the months of Ramadan, and the traditional “Dr. Sadik Ahmet Football Tournament”, which is organized every year during the summer months, are the main ones of these social activities. In order to present the problems of our minority scholarly, the existing studies are being carried on, and preparatory works of an academic publication are being also further continued. Moreover, news about Greece and Western Thrace published in the Turkish newspapers in Europe are being archived by the Press Office of the ABTTF in order to provide them to the experts dealing with this subject, and a monthly news bulletin announcing the activities of ABTTF to the public audience is published.


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