§ Lord Avebury
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they consider that Turkey has failed to comply with Article 39 of the Treaty of Lausanne, and in particular with the provisions that "no restrictions shall be imposed on the free use by any Turkish national of any language … in commerce, religion, in the press or in publications of any kind or at public meetings", and that "adequate facilities shall be given to Turkish nationals of non-Turkish speech for the oral use of their own language before the courts"; and, if they do consider that Turkey has failed to comply with these provisions, what steps, if any, they have taken to persuade Turkey to comply.120WA
§ Baroness Chalker of Wallasey
In discussing human rights with the Turkish Government, we consistently make clear that we expect them to respect and abide by the terms and conditions of the international treaties and conventions to which they are parties.
We have noted the continuing restrictions on the use of the Kurdish language in Turkey. We have made clear to the Turkish authorities our view that there should be greater scope for the legal use of the Kurdish language in Turkey.