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Turkey: Non-Muslim Religious Bodies

Volume 688: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What representations they have made to the Government of Turkey concerning the law passed by the Turkish Parliament on 9 November that would have made it easier for non-Muslim religious bodies to reclaim property confiscated by the state, including orphanages, schools, hospitals and churches, which was blocked by the Turkish president. [HL756]

Our embassy in Ankara consistently urges the Turkish Government to increase the rights of religious foundations in Turkey, and the current Bill which covers both religious and non-religious foundations would do so. We will closely monitor the progress of the Bill now that it has been returned to Parliament and, together with our EU partners, will continue to press for progress in addressing the concerns of non-Muslim religious communities in Turkey.