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Turkey: Human Rights

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 86190, tabled on 2 December 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of recent reports of human rights abuses against (a) peaceful protestors and (b) ethnic and faith minorities in Turkey.

Answered on

9 December 2021

We strongly support the right to peaceful protest, as well as freedom of association. We also support all minority groups in Turkey and 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. We participated in the 2020 UN Universal Periodic Review of Turkey, and pressed particularly for removing obstacles to freedom of expression, including freedom of religion or belief. We will continue to engage with Turkey on these important issues and monitor the treatment of minorities.