Norwegian Helsinki Committee´s Report on the Right to Freedom of Religion or Belief in TurkeyThe Norwegian Helsinki Committee Freedom of Belief Initiative has published the Monitoring Report on the Right to Freedom of Religion or Belief in Turkey, 2022. The report titled "An Appeal to Move Forward from Aspirations to Actions" covers the legislative, judicial, and administrative developments on the right to freedom of religion or belief between April 2019 and December 2021 in Turkey.
The religion field in population records
In the report where it is stated that the chip-enabled national identity cards included a religion field, said, "People may record their religion or belief in this field “according to their preference” or leave it blank. However, public officials' being able to see a listing of a religion other than Islam, or a blank field, presents the risk of discrimination on the basis of religion or belief."
The training of religious personnel
The report, while drawing attention to the discrimination regarding the education of religious personnel, is stating, "Public resources allocated to the training of Sunni Muslim religious personnel versus the denial of resources to the training of other religious personnel, have not been remedied."
The legal status of non-Muslim communities
In the report, it is asserted that the non-Muslim community foundations' board elections have not been able to be made since 2013. Also, it is stated that there have been losses of properties belonging to the Sunni Muslim, Alevi, Christian, and Jewish communities.
Freedom of women
The report states that women are facing significant obstructions to free will in the exercise of their human rights, including freedom of religion or belief. It is also expressed that the representation of women in religious or belief communities is very low.