GHM, FUEN and DEB condemn arrest of Mr Kaymakçı, president of FUEN member organisation from Rhodes and Kos


The Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) is shocked by the news that the president of our member organization Rhodes, Kos and the Dodecanese Turks Culture and Solidarity Association, Mr. Mustafa Kaymakçı was arrested and kept under detention one night in Kos (İstanköy), where he was doing research for a new project of his organization. Later he was expelled from Greece and prohibited to enter Greece on the grounds that he poses a threat to the public order. FUEN strongly condemns the attitude of the Greek authorities and expresses its strong support to Mr. Kaymakçı against this illegitimate and humiliating act by the Greek authorities.

 “Mr. Kaymakçı is a well-respected member of our FUEN family, fighting for the preservation of the language and culture of his community. Expelling one or another leader of the community from Greece will certainly not solve the decades long struggle of the Turkish minority on the Greek Islands or in Western Thrace. The dialogue between minority and majority should prevail, we ask the Greek Government to show openness towards the problems raised by the ethnic minorities as the right European approach.” stated Loránt Vincze, FUEN President.

The Greek police arrested Mr. Kaymakçı on 30 August 2016, based on the decision that he is prohibited to enter Greece as from 18 July 2016. He was not informed about this decision before in Rhodes (Rodos), where he first entered Greece on August 27th and was not served a copy of this decision at the moment of arrest in Kos. The conditions of detention in the police station were inhumane. He was kept under detention in an overcrowded room of 30 square meters with only a small window.

Mr Kaymakçı was released only after he signed a letter that he will not sue the Greek authorities. On August 31st, he was expelled to Turkey by police escort and he was not allowed to return back to Rhodes and take his personal belongings there.

As a member of the Turkish community of Rhodes, Mr. Kaymakçı was born in Rhodes and later grew up in Turkey. The Rhodes, Kos and the Dodecanese Turks Culture and Solidarity Association, which has the aim of preserving the cultural identity and traditions of the Turkish community in Rhodes and Kos, particularly to learn their mother tongue through bilingual education as it was before 1972, carries out activities at the international level.

Greek Helsinki Monitor comment: “This is difficult to believe, it throws Greece back in the dark ages!”

Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Resolution 1894 (2012) “The inadmissibility of restrictions on freedom of movement as punishment for political positions”

1. Freedom of movement between Council of Europe member States is both a legal and a political issue, as shown in Recommendation 1648 (2004) on the consequences of European Union enlargement for freedom of movement between Council of Europe member states. The Parliamentary Assembly now wishes to stress the link between free movement of persons and freedom of expression.
2. The Assembly recognises that, in principle, under international law, States have a sovereign right to decide on who shall be allowed to enter their territories. However, this right can be limited by treaty law, including the Schengen Agreements. In addition, a denial of entry based solely on a person’s political views could constitute an abuse of the right to determine entry and a form of discrimination within the meaning of Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ETS No. 5).
3. Some member States have misused their legal right to determine entry into their territory in order to deny entry to some persons merely as punishment for a political or ideological position they peacefully hold.
4. The Assembly condemns such practices and recalls that States which are also members of the European Union are bound by strict rules within the framework of the European legal order and in particular the Schengen Agreements.

5. The Assembly therefore:

5.1. recalls that freedom of movement is a prerequisite for the enjoyment of many other rights and is an important condition for the free development of individuals;
5.2. stresses that freedom of movement should not be restricted or used as a sanction for the expression of peacefully held political opinions and calls on the member States of the Council of Europe to give full effectiveness to the freedom of expression under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, by refraining from denying access to their territories on such grounds;
5.3. considers that the legal order of the European Union also does not allow the restriction of free movement of persons within the European Union as a punishment for expressing a political position and reminds European Union member States that resorting to such a practice may give rise to a claim for damages by the individuals concerned;
5.4. stresses that entries into the Schengen Information System must not be misused in order to deny persons who are not nationals of a European Union member State access to the Schengen area as a punishment for expressing a peacefully held political position;
5.5. recalls the Schengen States’ duty to provide for swift judicial or administrative review of any entry into the Schengen Information System.



Καταδικάζουμε έντονα την απέλαση από την Ελλάδα του καθηγητή Ιατρού Μουσταφά Καϊμακτσί πρόεδρο του Συλλόγου Πολιτισμού και Αλληλεγγύης Τούρκων Ρόδου-Κω και Δωδεκανήσων.
Σύμφωνα με όσα μάθαμε από το δελτίο τύπου της ΕΟΤΔΘ της 5 Σεπτεμβρίου 2016, ο καθηγητής Ιατρός Μουσταφά Καϊμακτσί ο πρόεδρος του Συλλόγου Πολιτισμού και Αλληλεγγύης Τούρκων Ρόδου-Κω και Δωδεκανήσων μαζί με τον αντιπρόεδρο Αχμέτ Κιρεβλιασί στα πλαίσια μιας επίσκεψης εργασίας είχαν εισέλθει μέσω Ρόδου στην Ελλάδα στις 27 Αυγούστου 2016. Ο Καϊμακτσί ο οποίος έφυγε στα 5 του χρόνια από τα χώματα όπου γεννήθηκε, επισκέφτηκε συγγενείς του και την Τρίτη 30 Αυγούστου επισκέφτηκε την Κω. Το απόγευμα της ίδιας μέρας η Ελληνική αστυνομία, με τον ισχυρισμό πως από τις 18 Ιουλίου 2016 υπάρχει απαγόρευση εισόδου του στην χώρα, τον συνέλαβε και τον έβαλαν στο κρατητήριο. Ο πρόεδρος Καϊμακτσί ανέφερε πως θέλει να δει το έγγραφο απαγόρευσης εισόδου και ότι όταν εισήλθε στην χώρα αυτό δεν του επιδόθηκε. Αλλά η αστυνομία δεν μπορούσε να του το δείξει διότι όπως είπαν δεν το είχαν στα χέρια τους.

Του είπαν πως θα μπορούσε να αποφυλακιστεί εάν υπέγραφε ένα έγγραφο που ανέφερε πως δεν θα προσέφευγε δικαστικά για αυτό το περιστατικό ούτε στα εθνικά ούτε στα διεθνή δικαστήρια. Ο Καϊμακτσί αφού έμεινε μια νύχτα στο κρατητήριο, υπέγραψε το παράνομο αυτό έγγραφο και στις 31 Αυγούστου, αφέθηκε ελεύθερος για να απελαθεί. Με αστυνομική συνοδεία τον ανέβασαν στο φέριμποτ για να επιστρέψει στην Τουρκία. Δεν του επετράπη ούτε να περάσει από το ξενοδοχείο του στην Ρόδο να πάρει τα προσωπικά του αντικείμενα.

Δηλώνουμε σε όλη την κοινή γνώμη ότι το γεγονός πως αυτά συνέβησαν στον καθηγητή Ιατρού Μουσταφά Καϊμακτσί ο οποίος ασκεί τα καθήκοντα του προέδρου στον Σύλλογο Αλληλεγγύης και Πολιτισμού Τούρκων Ρόδου-Κω και Δωδεκανήσων που ιδρύθηκε το 1996 σε μια χώρα της Ε.Ε. είναι κάτι το λυπηρό, απάνθρωπο και απαράδεκτο.

Καλούμε όλους τους αρμοδίους να δράσουν ώστε να λυθεί και να αποκατασταθεί αυτή η κατάσταση.



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