The Society for Threatened Peoples (GfbV) welcomes in the spirit of religious diversity and tolerance the construction of places of prayer for all faiths in our country. It is worth noting that the new mosque in Duisburg falls under the jurisdiction of the Islamist society DITIB, which with its 880 branches is an arm of the Turkish «Ministry of Religious Affairs» in Ankara. At the same time the Turkish administration persecutes and suppresses to the present day the Christian minorities.
Lee Jay Walker
The Modern Tokyo Times
I come from a member state of the European Union which is meant to uphold the rights of all religions, political ideologies, acknowledge national and cultural rights, and is meant to spread “European brotherhood.” However, it appears that this does not apply to the Orthodox Christians of Bosnia and Kosovo respectively because not only have they been abandoned but outside Islamic powers are stepping up their Islamization agenda in both Bosnia and Kosovo.
International Conference on Religious Intolerance in Turkey
On 16-17 November, the Order of St Andrew held a conference entitled «Turkey’s Bridge to the European Union» at the European Parliament in Brussels. Human Rights Without Frontiers was invited to a panel addressing «Issues and Concerns of Religious Minorities in Turkey». Hereafter the paper presented by Human Rights Without Frontiers.
The small Christian minority in this predominantly Muslim country is hoping for an improvement to its legal and social situation as Turkey comes under increasing pressure to address their problems and after Abdullah Gul, Turkey’s head of state, said publicly that he is also the president of non-Muslims.
Turkey has to reinterpret its principles of secularism to adapt to a changing society, an AK Party member in charge of drafting a new constitution said, joining a growing debate over the Muslim country’s identity.
Turkey, a rising regional power which aspires to join the European Union, was founded by Kemal Ataturk as a secular republic on the ruins of the Ottoman Empire after World War I.
While Ankara renews its national security document and changes its redlines, Athens again accuses Turkey of ‘continued provocations’ in the form of threatening war and violating Greece’s aerial and naval sovereignty. Athens says it has a right to extend its territorial waters and that it is reserving this right.
Athens is accusing Ankara of «continued provocations» in the form of threats and violations of the country’s aerial and naval sovereignty that have allegedly occurred despite improving relations between Greece and Turkey.