Minority issues in the context of human rights and security relationship: The case of Greece

Thesis Type: Doctorate

Institution Of The Thesis: Uludağ Üniversitesi, Turkey

Approval Date: 2008

Thesis Language: Turkish




Minority issues, which have been an important topic for international relations since the creation of nations-states in mid-17th Century, have been shaped around the security and human rights dimensions. The negative attitudes and behaviors of nationstates towards the minorities of which perceived as a threat for their national security, have changed with the development of universal human rights. With the acknowledgement that recognition of minorities and assurance of minority rights are essential issues in the human rights context, there were some developments in the regional and international level. Hence, some positive changes have occurred in the attitudes and behaviors of nation-states. Especially the development of minority rightscentered approaches in the post-Cold War era has driven nation states to re-examine their own minority policies. At the present, the process is developing within the framework of recognizing the minorities and efforts to guarantee the minority rights while trying to protect the basic values of nation-states. Greece, which reflects all characteristics of a nation-state, constitutes a very good sample with its minorities and minority issues as well as negative/positive changes in the attitudes towards the minorities. It’s seen that, however there are some positive developments on current minority issues of Greece when compared with the pre-1990 era, these developments are still on a slow and limited scale.