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18 April 2014, Friday
 
 
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BDP deputy submits bill on use of Kurdish letters in Turkish alphabet

22 February 2013, Friday /TODAY'S ZAMAN, İSTANBUL
Pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) deputy Adil Kurt has submitted a bill to the Parliament Speaker's Office seeking to legalize the use of Kurdish letters ê, î, x, w and q in the Turkish alphabet.

Kurt's bill proposes a change to the current Law No. 1353 concerning the use of the Turkish alphabet and intends to legalize the public use of Kurdish words and names including Kurdish letters.

“There are numerous legal cases against local administrators in the eastern and southeastern parts of the country over leaflets, posters and invitation cards published in Kurdish. Turkish courts have ordered several times that Kurdish names given to parks, streets and cultural centers be changed, citing Article 222 of the Turkish Penal Code [TCK] [which criminalizes the use of letters which are not included in the Turkish alphabet in public communications],” Kurt stated in his proposal.

The bill would allow the use of Kurdish names which include letters ê, î, x, w and q on identity cards, marriage certificates, title deeds and in any public area. In his proposal, the BDP deputy also called for the right to use one's mother tongue freely in education and health settings, as well as any public place.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's government has boosted cultural and language rights for Kurds, who make up around 20 percent of Turkey's 75 million strong population, since taking power a decade ago. Among the initiatives was the dedication of one of the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation's (TRT) channels to broadcasting in Kurdish. Last month, Parliament passed a law sanctioning the use of Kurdish in court.

 
 
COMMENTS
To introduce Kurdish letters in to Turkish alphabet doesnt make any sense. What makes sense is NOT TO PERSECUTE anybody for use of ANY letters! But we know even if there is such laws, Kurds will be discriminated against. BMW can use "W" but Kurds get 10 years prison for using the "W" letters. Such c...
Kurdistan
David Palch, 22 February 2013 , 13:38 It's worth reminding that Turkish alphabet and language is a new development and was introduced by Mustafa Kemal, where prior to this event the language was written with Arabic fonts. It is also important to note that Turkish alphabet is borrowed from Latin scri...
Jon Jonson
Interesting proposal, but wouldn't introducing new letters not complicate things further. In Denmark we have letters åÅ æÆ øØ and you won't find these anywhere else. But because of that there are alternative ways of writing these letters (original way) by AA=Å, OE=Ø and AE=Æ. I think it's worth cons...
in Denmark
And of course the EU should have accepted Turkey a long time ago with all these nonsensical laws still being valid ...
erol
It's worth reminding that Turkish alphabet and language is a new development and was introduced by Mustafa Kemal, where prior to this event the language was written with Arabic fonts. It is also important to note that Turkish alphabet is borrowed from Latin scrip with vowel sound accentuation also b...
David Palch
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