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Launch Event: ODIHR / Venice Commission Guidelines on Legal Personality of Religious or Belief Communities in the Turkish Language

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.

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee Freedom of Belief Initiative, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), Istanbul Bilgi University Centre for Human Rights Law and Brigham Young University have the honor of launching the ODIHR/VC Joint Guidelines on Legal Personality of Religious or Belief Communities in the Turkish language.

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Launch Event

The OSCE/ ODIHR- Venice Commission Guidelines on the Legal Personality of Religious or Belief Communities in Turkish language

Programme

19 November 2015

Venue: İstanbul Bilgi University Dolapdere Campus, Cinema Hall

10:00 –10:15 Opening Remarks by:

Prof. Turgut Tarhanlı, Director, İstanbul Bilgi University

Human Rights Law Research Centre

Dr. Kishan Manocha, Senior Adviser on Freedom of Religion and Belief, OSCE/ODIHR; and

Mr. Gunnar-Ekelove Slydal, Associate Secretary General, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee

10:15- 10:40 – “The Emerging Consensus on the Right to Acquire Legal Personality of

Religious or Belief Communities in International Law” Prof. Cole Durham – Director,         International Center for Law and Religion Studies, Brigham Young University Law School, United States

10:40- 12:30- Panel Discussion on the OSCE/ ODIHR- Venice Commission Guidelines on the Legal Personality of Religious of Belief Communities: development, promotion and implementation, followed by a Question and Answer Session

Moderator: Professor Bülent Şenay, Uludağ University, a member of the OSCE/ODIHR

Advisory Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief

Speakers:

“The Development of the Guidelines and General Principles” Ms Dilnoza Satarova –

Associate Officer on Freedom of Religion and Belief, OSCE/ODIHR

“The Legal Status of the Guidelines and Their Content” Prof. Ergun Özbudun- İstanbul Şehir University & Former Member of the Venice Commission, Council of Europe

“The Issue of Legal Status of Religious or Belief Communities in Turkey” Dr Mine Yıldırım- Norwegian Helsinki Committee Freedom of Belief Initiative Project

“Difficulties and Opportunities in Practice” Ms. Hülya Benlisoy, Lawyer of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate