The British Government continues to monitor closely the situation of religious minorities in Turkey.
We have noted the continued implementation of legislation from 2011, which amended the 2008 Law on Foundations, to allow the return of properties to religious minorities or the payment of compensation.
Religious services are now permitted at the Greek Orthodox Sumela Monastery and Armenian Orthodox Akdamar Church.
The Ministry of National Education has begun the issuing of updated religious textbooks for schools which include information on the Alevi faith. During consultations for a new constitution, faith groups were invited to parliament to give their views. We also welcome the continued outreach by the Turkish government to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholemew, particularly on the issue of the Halki Seminary. Prime
Minister Erdogan announced on
We welcome these positive steps taken by the Turkish government and, together with our EU partners, will continue to encourage further progress.