Laçin faces up to 1 year in prison in the lawsuit brought on charge of “Openly insulting religious values that are embraced by a section of the people”.
The church had functioned until World War I and then served as a depot, municipality and police station. It was assigned to the Youth and Sports Ministry in 1961.
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.
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.
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.
Alevi leaders as well as other public figures have reacted strongly to remarks made by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu stating that the government does not need to take a lesson from the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), which has urged Turkey to end compulsory religious courses at Turkish schools, regarding discrimination.