Turkey

House of Lords written question – answered on 8th November 2013.

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Photo of Lord Patten Lord Patten Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 22 October (WA 170), what assessment they have made of the freedom of worship by Anglicans and Catholics in coastal holiday areas of Turkey.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The Government has not made a specific assessment of the freedom of worship by Anglicans and Catholics in coastal holiday areas of Turkey.

However, our embassy in Ankara regularly raises the issue of respect for all religious minorities in its wider discussions on human rights with the Turkish Government. Together with our EU partners we will continue to encourage the ongoing reform agenda in Turkey, including further progress across all fundamental freedoms, as part of the EU accession process.

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