The Norwegian Helsinki Committee Freedom of Belief Initiative made a submission to the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers on December 21 2018 under Rule 9.2 of the Rules of… >>>
Alevi leaders as well as other public figures have reacted strongly to remarks made by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu stating that the government does not need to take a lesson from the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), which has urged Turkey to end compulsory religious courses at Turkish schools, regarding discrimination.
Addressing Turkey’s Alevi communities in his speech at a Hacı Bektaş Veli Ashura event over the weekend, the PM Davutoğlu called for unity and vowed to tackle the problems faced by Alevis.
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.
Alevis have long complained about discrimination in the Turkish education system.