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Turkey: Religious Freedom

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL4572, tabled on 18 May 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Turkey about reports of discrimination against religious groups and places of worship, other than those recognized in 1923, in that country; and whether, in such discussions, they raised that any such discrimination is contrary to (1) the Turkish constitution, (2) international agreements on Freedom of Religion and Belief, and (3) the principles of NATO.

Answered on

1 June 2020

The Turkish constitution provides for freedom of conscience and religion, regardless of an individual's citizenship. We regularly discuss with Turkey issues concerning freedom of religion and belief and encourage Turkey to live up to its international obligations. We will continue to engage the Turkish Government at all levels on these issues and to urge respect for Freedom of Religion or Belief, which are essential to the long-term health of Turkish democracy. Defending persecuted Christians, and persecuted individuals of all faiths or beliefs, remains a long-standing priority for the British Government.