New Internationalist

Mother tongue

May 2001

For the first time, a Kurdish witness in a Turkish legal hearing has been allowed to hear questions in her own tongue. A lawyer with a European Court of Human Rights fact-finding hearing was allowed to question Hatice Tekdag directly in Kurdish, her only language. Previously only Turkish and English were permitted.

Kurdish Human Rights Project Newsline

Front cover of New Internationalist magazine, issue 334 This column was published in the May 2001 issue of New Internationalist. To read more, buy this issue or subscribe.

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