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Freedom of Belief Initiative’s submission to the CM on the Zengin Group of Cases


The Norwegian Helsinki Committee’s Freedom of Belief Initiative made a submission to the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers (CM) on March 2, 2021. The submission aims to contribute to the monitoring process of the execution of the Zengin Group of Cases judgments regarding the compulsory Religious Culture and Knowledge of Ethics (RCKE) courses in Turkey.

Holocaust Remembrance Day: #WeRemember


Every year on 27 January, the date marks the liberation of the prisoners held in in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland, victims of the Holocaust are commemorated all around the world.

Interview: Lawyer Sebu Aslangil “election of new board members for the non-muslim community foundations critical for their livelihood.”


Turkey's non-muslim community foundations have not been able to elect new board members since 2013. In 2013 the Regulation provisions on the election of new board members were declared null and void with the promise that new regulation would be adopted soon. However, this has not been the case. The head of our project, Dr. Mine Yıldırım, talked with lawyer Sebu Aslangil on the impact of the inability to elect board members on community foundations and solution.

18 February Conference: Freedom of Expression & Freedom of Religion or Belief – The Case of Turkey


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.