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Turkey: Freedom of Expression and Religious Freedom

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL195, tabled on 12 May 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the conviction of Sefer (Aho) Bileçen of the Mor Yahqup d-Qarne Monastery on terrorism charges in April, what assessment they have made of the government of Turkey’s policies towards freedom of (1) religion, and (2) cultural expression.

Answered on

24 May 2021

The Government closely monitors issues around freedom of religion and cultural expression in Turkey. In addition, we regularly remind Turkey that we expect the Government to undertake any legal processes or actions against religious minorities fairly, transparently and with full respect for the rule of law.

We strongly support all religious and cultural minority groups in Turkey, including Christians, and continue to encourage the Turkish authorities to safeguard their welfare and respect their human rights in line with provisions in the Turkish constitution that protect the rights of religious minorities. The Minister for the European Neighbourhood and the Americas did so most recently with her Turkish counterpart on 21 April.