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Recognition of religion or belief in Turkey

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

Recognition of religion or belief in Turkey


  • Although Turkey is secular, the Islamic religion maintains a dominant role in the society with detriment to various minorities; however, Islam itself is state interpreted and groups not consistent with this interpretation are banned.

  • Registration with the government is practically mandatory due to the construction of places of worship being contingent on registration; permission from municipalities further restricts the registration process.

  • Procedures for registration of religious groups are amalgamated with those for secular entities which is not advisable; religious groups have gained registration prior to 1935 still retain their religious classification in law which in turn creates imbalance between the legal natures of different religious groups.

  • Laws prosecuting interference with religious services and the defacing or demolishing of religious property only apply to registered religious groups.

  • Religious organisations not having legal personality under the law is concerning, particularly as this comes to question their role in the law and also creates further undue restriction.

Positive elements:

  • Nil


  • Dismantlement of the present apparatus of laws restricting religious registration; provide recognition to all belief systems without discrimination.

RoRB Topic
RoRB Compliance
RoRB Classification
Country or territory
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