Law and Reality

Law and Reality Kurds are frustrated by the slow pace of change in Turkey. Although recent political reforms have granted them more rights, change on the ground remains slow.
After centuries of prohibition, Kurdish can now be spoken freely. But many other restrictions remain in place. "It is forbidden to use Kurdish names with 'W' because the letter doesn't exist in the Turkish alphabet," complains Huseyin from the Pro-Kurdish party. Any broadcasts in Kurdish have to be vetted a month in advance and even non-political Kurdish music needs to be approved. "How can you produce news a month in advance? It's impossible," despairs editor Cemal Dogan. There are allegations that Kurdish villages are denied irrigation, forcing families to emigrate to the cities. The days of heavy handed police brutality may be over but a lot more still needs to be done before Kurds feel truly equal.

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