Middle East and North Africa

EU Parliament condemns seizures of Christian properties in Turkey

President Erdogan of Turkey. Photo credit: Presidency of the Republic of Turkey.

European politicians have condemned anti-Christian discrimination in Turkey and the seizure of churches.

The resolution states that the European Parliament “is seriously concerned about the lack of respect for the freedom of religion [in Turkey], including the increased discrimination against Christians and other religious minorities; condemns the confiscation of 50 Aramean churches, monasteries and cemeteries in Mardin; calls on the Commission to urgently address these issues with the Turkish authorities.”

Since 2008, Turkish authorities have seized as many as 50 properties from the Syriac Orthodox Church, claiming that title deeds proving the historic Christian community’s land ownership had lapsed.

Protestant Christians in Turkey have also reported a rise in recent years in hate crimes and hate speech targeted at Christians.

http://www.wca-ngo.org/wca-news/press-releases/592-turkish-bill-and-ep-resolution-on-mardin

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/07/turkey-syriac-christians-fear-land-dispute.html

Turkish Christians report hate crimes against them in 2017