However, it failed to lift the ban on education in the Kurdish language. The ban breaks the EU's requirement of a guarantee on cultural rights. The government does not recognise the country's 12 million Kurds as a minority. "The Turkish parliament turned what could have been a defining moment of change into just another lost opportunity," said Elizabeth Andersen, executive director of the Europe and Central Asia Division of Human Rights Watch.
TURKEY: Parliament passed a sweeping series of constitutional amendments last week that would ease the path towards membership of the European Union.