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 Kurdish name on Turkish ID card 

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Kurdish name on Turkish ID card  27.10.2009 



October 27, 2009

ANKARA, Turkey, The Population Registry Office in the ankaya district of Ankara has allowed a father to give his daughter a Kurdish name written with letters in the Kurdish alphabet, according to the daily Hrriyet.

The officer in the registration office wrote the baby girls name, Hv Jiyan, by using letters and , which are not in Turkish alphabet.

Hv means hope and Jiyan means life. When I went to the register office to give a Kurdish name for my daughter, if there had been any problem, I would have left the name part empty, said Kenan Kırkaya, the father of the baby.                                    

The officer in the registration office wrote the baby girls name, Hv Jiyan, by using letters and , which are not in Turkish alphabet.
My wifes name is Newruz and they did not write her name with a w at the time. Hers, instead, was recorded as Nevruze.

Kurds for years have been complaining that they cannot name their children as they wish. Several changes in relevant laws have been made but there are still difficulties in giving children Kurdish names. An anonymous official from the Interior Ministry told Hrriyet that it is impossible to write the letters w, q, and x on identity cards without a change in laws,
www.ekurd.netbut it is possible to use , , and although is not used.

The registry official in ankaya, however, made some phone calls after the father presented his request. After a short while, the official agreed to allow the name Hv,
www.ekurd.netKırkaya said. I dont know who he talked to. I am surprised and so happy. I showed him how to type those letters on the keyboard. Im glad my daughter did not suffer the same fate as her mother, he said.

Turkey refuses to recognize its Kurdish population as a distinct minority. It has allowed some cultural rights such as limited broadcasts in the Kurdish language and private Kurdish language courses with the prodding of the European Union, but Kurdish politicians say the measures fall short of their expectations.

Before August 2002, the Turkish government placed severe restrictions on the use of Kurdish language, prohibiting the language in education and broadcast media. The Kurdish alphabet is still not recognized in Turkey, and use of the Kurdish letters X, W, Q which do not exist in the Turkish alphabet has led to judicial persecution in 2000 and 2003.

The use of the term "Kurdistan" is vigorously rejected due to its alleged political implications by the Republic of Turkey, which does not recognize the existence of a "Turkish Kurdistan" Southeast Turkey.

Earlier this year, the government announced that it was working on a raft of reforms expected to give greater freedoms to the country's 20 million Kurds, but it is yet to announce details.

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