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Turkey: Christianity

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL5799, tabled on 22 February 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 6 February (HL5034), whether the Christian communities in Turkey referred to include any that have resident UK priests; and how they define "the legal personality of religious beliefs".

Answered on

5 March 2018

The number of UK priests working overseas is a matter for the Church of England and any other relevant religious bodies. The British Embassy in Ankara and British Consulate-General in Istanbul is in close touch with the Anglican authorities. Regarding the legal personality of religious bodies, the leadership of some religious communities have struggled to obtain a unified legal status and instead operate as conglomerations of separate foundations. This can give rise to issues over property. The British Embassy in Ankara have raised issues over religious property ownership with the Turkish authorities.