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New Report: IN NEED OF A PRINCIPLED APPROACH Monitoring Report on the Right to Freedom of Religion or Belief in Turkey, July 2013-June 2014

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The Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) Freedom of Belief Initiative outlines in this report, covering the period from July 2013 to June 2014, that Turkey needs to take comprehensive steps in order to bring legislation and practice in line with international human rights law.

This is the English version of a longer and more comprehensive report in the Turkish language. Each chapter summarises the main findings and presents recommendations on steps needed in order to bring legislation and/or practice in line with international human rights standards on freedom of religion or belief.

The report finds that the protection of the right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion, or belief in Turkish law and practice is limited. It does not live up to the requirements of international law. In breach of Article 90 of the Constitution, political bodies and courts do not always give priority to Turkey’s obligations under international human rights law.

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