Surp Giragos Church, the largest Armenian church in Middle East, is among the places in Sur province of Diyarbakir that are expropriated by the decision of the cabinet. With the same decision, Syriac, Chaldean and Protestant churches are also expropriated.
The permanent insistence on more integration mainly addressed to Muslims, in conjunction with a nationalist political rhetoric highlighting “Danishness” and “Christian values”, sends a very ambiguous message to Muslims and may cause feelings of alienation and frustration.
In what appears to be an implicit recognition of cemevis as official places of worship, the Supreme Court of Appeals has overruled a lower court's decision that ordered the Cem Foundation, a prominent Alevi civil society group, to pay electricity bills despite an earlier European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) decision on the issue.
An inmate of the Alevi faith, a secular version of Islam, was permitted to meet with an Alevi religious leader, known as an Alevi Dede, in prison thanks to a ruling which allowed imams to preach in prisons.
A total of 16 houses on Tavşantepe’s Doğuş Street were marked with red paint, according to locals.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) held a grand chamber hearing on June 3 over a case concerning the rejection of a demand made by a number of Turkish Alevis that the state cover the expenses of cemevis, their houses of worship.
The Catholicosate's legal team filed a brief before the Turkish Constitutional Court on April 28 to start a lawsuit that seeks the return to the Armenian Church of key properties seized following the Armenian genocide of 1915.
From 23 March to 2 April, I have undertaken a visit to Lebanon in my capacity as United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief. First of all, I am grateful that the Government has accepted my request to visit Lebanon under its standing invitation to all thematic Special Procedures of the United Nations Human Rights Council. I am also very much indebted to the Regional Office of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Beirut because of its kind logistical, organizational and intellectual support. Cordial thanks in particular to the interlocutors from Government agencies, a broad range of civil society organizations, academics, various religious dignitaries or community leaders, refugees and migrant workers, who have shared their experiences, assessments and visions. We had many lively, frank and open discussions in Beirut, Tripoli, Anjar and Zahle where I have learned a lot during those exchanges.
Minister Nabi Avcı lays the foundation for Turkey’s first Alevi high school the Hacı Bektaş-I Veli Anatolian High School. The school will house 600 students.
The Great Synagogue, in the northwestern province of Edirne, will open on March 26, after undergoing a four year restoration.