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Turkey: Religious Freedom

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL12115, tabled on 13 January 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which Jewish and Christian UK citizens resident in Turkey are free to practise their religion.

Answered on

27 January 2021

Under the Turkish Constitution freedom of religion or belief is protected by law, regardless of the nationality of the individual. We expect Turkey to safeguard the human rights, including that of freedom of religion, of all inhabitants of Turkey, be they Turkish citizens or citizens of other nationalities. The Minister for the European Neighbourhood and the Americas, Wendy Morton MP, raised human rights with her Turkish counterpart on 16 December 2020. FCDO officials in Turkey will continue to engage fully with the Christian and Jewish communities, as well as with all other minorities within Turkey. The British Embassy liaises closely with likeminded foreign missions on human rights issues, including freedom of religion and belief and we regularly raise these issues with the Turkish authorities, both bilaterally and alongside other diplomatic partners.