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Religious Freedom and Minority Rights in Greece: the case of the Muslim minority in western Thrace

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  • Iris Boussiakou
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    The status of religious freedom of the Muslim minority in Western Thrace (northern Greece) is protected according to the Treaty of Lausanne and international human rights instruments. According to the Treaty the members of the Muslim minority have the right to elect their own religious leader (Mufti) and resolve disputes of a family and personal nature based on Islamic Law. The process of the appointment of the Mufti constitutes a point of friction between the state and the minority. The institution of the Mufti has become a political issue causing tension between the state and the minority and even among the minority members themselves. On the other hand, the argument persists that the application of Islamic law in family matters within the Muslim minority quite often leads to the violation of the provisions of the Constitution and international treaties regarding the principles of equality and non-discrimination. The paper, thus examines the proposition that the present minority regime inevitably leads to the violation of the provisions of the Constitution and international human rights norms regarding the principles of equality, non-discrimination and women’s rights.

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    Paper provided by Hellenic Observatory, LSE in its series GreeSE – Hellenic Observatory Papers on Greece and Southeast Europe with number 21.

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    Date of creation: Dec 2008
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    Keywords: minorities; religious freedom; international human rights treaties; cultural relativism; women’s rights; equality; non-discrimination..;

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    1. Vassilis Monastiriotis & Jacob A. Jordaan, 2011. "Regional Distribution and Spatial Impact of FDI in Greece: evidence from firm-level data," GreeSE – Hellenic Observatory Papers on Greece and Southeast Europe 44, Hellenic Observatory, LSE.
    2. Christos Dimas, 2010. "Privatization in the name of ‘Europe’: analyzing the telecoms privatization in Greece from a ‘discursive institutionalist’ perspective," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 31089, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    3. Horen Voskeritsian & Andreas Kornelakis, 2011. "Institutional Change in Greek Industrial Relations in an Era of Fiscal Crisis," GreeSE – Hellenic Observatory Papers on Greece and Southeast Europe 52, Hellenic Observatory, LSE.
    4. Christos Lyrintzis, 2011. "Greek Politics in the Era of Economic Crisis: Reassessing Causes and Effects," GreeSE – Hellenic Observatory Papers on Greece and Southeast Europe 45, Hellenic Observatory, LSE.
    5. Nicholas Apergis, 2011. "Characteristics of inflation in Greece: mean spillover effects among CPI components," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 32597, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    6. Spyros Kosmidis, 2013. "Government Constraints and Economic Voting in Greece," GreeSE – Hellenic Observatory Papers on Greece and Southeast Europe 70, Hellenic Observatory, LSE.
    7. George Pagoulatos & Nikolaos Zahariadis, 2011. "Politics, Labor, Regulation, and Performance: lessons from the privatization of OTE," GreeSE – Hellenic Observatory Papers on Greece and Southeast Europe 46, Hellenic Observatory, LSE.
    8. George Pagoulatos & Nikolaos Zahariadis, 2011. "Politics, labor, regulation, and performance: lessons from the privatization of OTE," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 33827, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    9. Spyros Kosmidis, 2013. "Government constraints and economic voting in Greece," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 50259, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    10. Theodore Pelagidis, 2010. "The Greek Paradox of Falling Competitiveness and Weak Institutions in a High GDP Growth Rate Context (1995-2008)," GreeSE – Hellenic Observatory Papers on Greece and Southeast Europe 38, Hellenic Observatory, LSE.
    11. Eugenia Markova, 2010. "Effects of Migration on Sending Countries: lessons from Bulgaria," GreeSE – Hellenic Observatory Papers on Greece and Southeast Europe 35, Hellenic Observatory, LSE.
    12. Christos Lyrintzis, 2011. "Greek politics in the era of economic crisis: reassessing causes and effects," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 33826, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    13. Christos Dimas, 2010. "Privatization in the Name of ‘Europe’: analyzing the telecoms privatization in Greece from a ‘discursive institutionalist’ perspective," GreeSE – Hellenic Observatory Papers on Greece and Southeast Europe 41, Hellenic Observatory, LSE.

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