December 28, 2021 | USCIRF

Religious freedom conditions in Turkey continue to follow a disappointing, negative trajectory. The Hagia Sophia conversion, the continued closure of the Halki Seminary, government meddling in the internal affairs of religious minority communities, concerns about the education curriculum, hate speech, and Turkey’s intervention in northern Syria and Iraq are just some of the major threats to religious freedom that have occurred in the past year.

USCIRF Policy Analyst John Lechner joins us today to discuss recent developments for religious freedom in Turkey.

Read the 2021 Turkey Country Update

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