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National sovereignty concept: Turkey and its internal minorities

Baskýn ORAN


Although it has made enormous human and minority rights reforms during the last two years, Turkey still has a difficult way ahead because the reformists are encountering strong opposition, called “The Sèvres Treaty Paranoia”, from those who believe that more minority rights imposed by EU will undermine the national sovereignty (NS) and will even disintegrate the State like they did at the end of the First World War.On the very contrary, in the wake of the 21st Century any State is more likely to become a target of the international society if it doesn’t democratize, i.e., respect the sub-identities in the nation; and vice-versa. This article deeply explores and analyzes the legal setting and implementation concerning minority rights in Turkey and argues that the State can no more be content with the limited notions of the 1920s. Minority legislation and its implementation have got to be further democratized for a stronger Turkish NS.  

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Baskýn ORAN, « National sovereignty concept: Turkey and its internal minorities », Cahiers d’études sur la Méditerranée orientale et le monde turco-iranien [En ligne], 36 | 2003, mis en ligne le 01 mars 2005, consulté le 27 novembre 2020. URL : ; DOI :

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