This event seeks to explore the legal issues at the core of the intersection of freedom of expression and freedom of religion or belief as well as the implications of international human rights law and Turkey’s national law. Members of religious or belief communities, non-believers, legal experts and thinkers come together to present and analyze problems, patterns and ways of moving forward.
The Joint Guidelines have significant implications for Turkey, in particular for the protection of the right to freedom of religion or belief in its collective dimension.
Annual roundtable event on the right to freedom of religion or belief was organised by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee Freedom of Belief Initiative in Istanbul on November 11, 2014.
The right to acquire legal personality remains a key right for belief communities in Turkey. Its recognition will certainly contribute to Turkey's democratisation.
Developments affecting religious freedom in Turkey from January to June 2013 as well as recommendations for solutions were discussed.