Turkey

Turkey’s Taliban Ties Worry Cyprus
Turkey’s Taliban Ties Worry Cyprus

“Turkey has nothing that contradicts Taliban’s faith,” said Turkey’s president, a country that is also a NATO member. The comments…

Turkey’s Anti-Kurdish Measures Violate Religious Freedom
Turkey’s Anti-Kurdish Measures Violate Religious Freedom

It is time for the US Commission on International Religious Freedom and the global religious freedom advocacy community to highlight the egregious religious freedom violations that result from Turkey’s restrictions on using the Kurdish language as part of religious services.

Resolution in US House Would Recognize Simele Massacre against Assyrians in Iraq
Resolution in US House Would Recognize Simele Massacre against Assyrians in Iraq

The Simele Massacre, which occurred in 1933, is a largely forgotten tragedy that still awaits official recognition from both the Iraqi government and international community.

Erdogan, the Diyanet, and its Field Office near DC
Erdogan, the Diyanet, and its Field Office near DC

Across Turkey and the Turkish diaspora around the world, wariness of the Diyanet, Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs, is growing.

Court-Packing Hurts Independent Judges and Citizens
Court-Packing Hurts Independent Judges and Citizens

The fact that many in Congress, as well as large segments of the American electorate and commentariat, consider court-packing a morally legitimate political tactic reveals serious deficits in our society’s understanding of and respect for the rule of law, America’s founding principles, and justice itself. What is more, it shows disrespect for the very idea of truth.

Options for Turkey’s Religious and Cultural Minorities
Options for Turkey’s Religious and Cultural Minorities

During an In Defense of Christians event, a diverse panel discussed Turkey’s current political, cultural, and religious environment, as well as potential policy options for the country to become more democratic and religiously rich.

State Department Should Deliver an Honest Message about Turkey’s Religious Freedom Record
State Department Should Deliver an Honest Message about Turkey’s Religious Freedom Record

Given the Turkish government’s particularly troubling conduct in 2020, Secretary of State Antony Blinken should deliver an honest message about the alarming trajectory of religious freedoms in Turkey.

Azerbaijan Tortures, Murders Armenian Prisoners of War
Azerbaijan Tortures, Murders Armenian Prisoners of War

Azerbaijani servicemen tortured and killed 19 Armenian prisoners after the end of last year’s 44-day war, lawyers Artak Zeynalyan and Siranush Sahakyan announced on May 3.

Government Report Signals Hope for Middle Eastern Christians - USCIRF
Government Report Signals Hope for Middle Eastern Christians

While these reports are never perfect, their existence reflects how the US government is uniquely positioned to serve as a global leader in the promotion of human rights. USCIRF’s commissioners and staff deserve commendation for producing them.