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Freedom of religion in Turkey - The Alevi issue. EPC Commentary, 24 January 2014

Paul, Amanda and Seyrek, Demir Murat (2014) Freedom of religion in Turkey - The Alevi issue. EPC Commentary, 24 January 2014. [Policy Paper]

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    Freedom of religion is a fundamental right that must be protected and respected by states. While Turkey has taken important steps in advancing religious freedoms over the last decade, a number of challenges remain. Turkey’s Alevi Community continues to face serious problems in terms of being officially recognised by the state and in practicing their religion. While Turkey is officially a secular country, Sunni Islam is the unofficial state religion. Despite Ankara being a signatory of several international conventions and treaties that guarantee fundamental freedoms for all, key fundamental rights of Alevis remain ignored by the state. Last September, hopes were raised that a new “democratisation package” would include steps to further their freedoms but it failed to do so, with the government announcing that a ‘special’ Alevi reform package would be unveiled by the end of 2013. This did not happen.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > Turkey
    Other > religion-general (also see EU-Islam)
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > European Policy Centre > Commentary
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2014 14:36
    Number of Pages: 2
    Last Modified: 22 Oct 2014 14:36

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