The İstanbul 4th Administrative Court has given its final judgment on an appeal by a parent, who requested her child to be exempted from compulsory religion class. The court has ruled that the class is against the principle of equality.
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 letter provides recommendations based on human rights principles, including principles of state neutrality and impartiality with regard to specific religions, both related to the content and the mechanism of exemption of the DKAB courses.
Contrary to Turkey's international human rights obligations, the country does not fully protect freedom of religion or belief. This would require drastic changes to both domestic law and official actions. Piecemeal and selective changes have proved inadequate as a way of protecting freedom of religion or belief.
"Conscientious objection has been on the Turkish agenda for 20 years. From the beginning until now truly many things have changed", says lawyer Hülya Üçpınar.