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Recognition of religion or belief in Northern Cyprus

According to the standards set out in the SRR, conditions for RoRB in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus are classified censorious.

Recognition of religion or belief in Northern Cyprus


  • Government interference in the internal affairs of religious organisations violates the Durham principles.

  • Restrictions are imposed on Christian religious services and activities.

  • State privilege is bestowed to Sunni Islam.

  • Non-percolative recognition is in effect.

Positive elements:

  • Nil.


  • Establish a recognition system that is able to provide procedures for existential recognition and legal registration, procedures which should remain distinct from each other.

  • Remove restrictions that are currently imposed on minority religious groups.

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