Since the failed coup of July 2016, the level of intolerance against those not siding with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has intensified. Turkish nationalism, combined with the growing Islamisation of Turkish society, means the tiny Christian minority, and other religious minorities, face mounting pressure, which is increasingly translating into violent incidents. While religious conversion is not prohibited by Turkish law, there are serious implications for Muslims who convert to Christianity, as they often experience intense pressure from family, friends and community to return to Islam.

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Malatya murder suspects out of jail

As expected, the five men suspected of killing three Christians in Malatya, Turkey, nearly seven years ago have been released from jail as their trial continues. The Malatya First High Criminal Court released the suspects March 8 in response to a new law, which took effect last week, that reduces […]

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Malatya murder suspects to be set free

Malatya murder suspects to be set free

Five Turkish murder suspects on trial for torturing and killing three Christians in Malatya nearly seven years ago are expected to be set free on bail within the next few days, before the conclusion of their trial in southeast Turkey. Under a new judicial package passed by the Turkish Parliament […]

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‘Ugly’ charges against Turkish pastor dropped

‘Ugly’ charges against Turkish pastor dropped

Protestant Pastor Orhan Picaklar was informed last week that what he called “ugly slanders” against his character and conduct have been officially dropped by the Turkish prosecutor investigating his case. Picaklar was detained on Nov. 11, 2013 and held for two days in the Black Sea coastal city of Samsun […]

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Promised legal reforms disappoint Turkey’s religious minorities

Promised legal reforms disappoint Turkey’s religious minorities

The Turkish government’s long-awaited “democratisation package” of reform laws announced this week has met with considerable disappointment among Turkey’s minority religious communities. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealed on Monday (September 30) a broad array of reform laws, drafted by his ruling Justice and Development Party for parliamentary debate and […]

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Turkish military linked to Christian murders

Turkish military linked to Christian murders

Nearly six years into the court trial over the murder of three Christians in southeastern Turkey, documents have emerged confirming that secret military units were involved in those assassinations and others. Malatya’s 3rd Criminal Court is forcing prosecutors and the military to turn over previously secret documents, throwing light on […]

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Turkey ‘defined by inflexible religiosity’

Calling Turkey a home to the “last secularists in the Middle East”, Turkish opposition party MP Şafak Pavey has condemned Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government for failing to reconcile Islam, secularism and democracy because of a government “defined by inflexible religiosity”. (The Guardian) Related Articles:Secretary of State Tillerson meets wife of […]

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