Several youth groups demand greater recognition for the Tatar people, the largest “minority” in the country · Apart from linguistic demands, they call for Moscow to respect the sovereignty of the Republic of Tatarstan, which has more than 50% of Tatar population.
The Kremlin assumes the situation in the Republic is 'normalized' and that it is time to create 'possibilities for investment and employment' · The conflict is still far from being solved, as clashes between pro-Russian administration and pro-independence guerilla fighters continue · Violence has spread to neighbouring regions and harassment to families of rebels goes on.
Turkish police arrests DTP spokesmen, vice-presidents and deputy mayors · A defense lawyer of Abdullah Ocalan, a Kurdish TV editor and dozens of DTP members are also under arrest · Raids have been conducted a few days after the Kurdish party won local elections in Kurdish areas and only hours after PKK announced a cease fire.
Evo Morales has ended the hunger strike aimed at putting pressure on the Congress to pass the bill · A new electoral register will be made, and indigenous peoples will be reserved 7 seats in the new Plurinational Legislative Assembly · Evo Morales will be allowed to run for a second term in next elections due in December 6.
NEWS IN BRIEF. The Forum of National Debate celebrates Aberri Eguna (Basque National Day) with the traditional march from Hendaye to Irun.
Barack Obama, who had openly spoken about Armenian “genocide”, has eluded the question during his official trip to Turkey, and has encouraged both countries to take steps towards diplomatic rapprochement · Azerbaijan puts pressure on Ankara not to reestablish relations with Erevan before settling the Nagorno-Karabakh issue in its own terms
NEWS IN BRIEF. The Democratic Union of Hungarians from Romania (UDMR) and the National Council of Hungarians from Romania (NCHR) will be led by Laszlo Tokes.
The Australian government takes another step for the recognition of its indigenous population · Some pro-indigenous sectors see the move as “hypocritical” · Australia, together with the US, Canada and New Zealand, was among the states that had not backed the Declaration · New Zealand could follow in the footsteps of its neighbor.