Turkey’s Christian Minority Sends Four Deputies to Parliament

Erol Dora, an Assyrian in Turkey, was elected to the Turkish Parliament.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com - June 2015 Turkey's Christian minority will be represented in the Turkish parliament in greater number after a long absence as four members of the community will become deputies after the June 7 elections. The results of the parliamentary election, one of the most critical and closely fought in years, ended the Justice and Development Party's (AKP) ...

Turkish Minority Stages Mass Rally in Istanbul

http://www.albawaba.com - 9/2/15 Thousands of members of a religious minority in Turkey gathered in the center of Istanbul Sunday, demanding human rights and the preservation of the country's secularism, AFP reported. The Alevis, which are a kind of Shia group, held signs in favor of Turkey's secular system. AFP reported the group thinks its rights in a Sunni-dominated ...

Vandalized Armenian church to be reconstructed in Turkey’s Mush

PanARMENIAN Network - May 2014 PanARMENIAN.Net - Plans for reconstruction of the vandalized St. Marine Church in Armenian district of Mush have been announced, with preparatory works and search of sponsors in progress, the Turkish town’s mayor Feyat Asya said. According to Agos Armenian-Turkish weekly, destruction of the Armenian district started back in summer 2013, with only ...

Turkey Returns Less Than Half of Assyrian Monastery’s Land it Seized

World Watch Monitor - 14/3/14 The Turkish Ministry of EU Affairs welcomed March 2 the returnof property, seized by the country's treasury, to the world's oldest Syriac Orthodox monastery, Mor Gabriel. In February, the head of the Mor Gabriel Religious Foundation, Kuryakos Ergun, received the property deeds to 12 plots of land totaling 244,000 square metres, or 60 ...

Turkey’s Christians Support the Protests

Burcin Gercek - 7/6/13 Assyrians, Armenians, Greeks, or Latin Catholics, Christian minorities in the country share their Turkish compatriots’ anger. “I do not think that the Christians’ future will be very bright in Turkey.” Yuhanna Aktas, founder of the Assyrian cultural association of Midyat, a city in the southeast of the country, thus shares his worry with regard ...

Turkey: On Murder Anniversary, Doubts Remain Over Christians’ Safety

19/4/13 On April 18 each year, a small group gathers at a cemetery in the city of Malatya in eastern Turkey to sing hymns and recite prayers at the grave of German missionary Tillman Geske. They are marking the anniversary of Geske’s murder, along with two Turkish converts, at a Christian publishing house here in 2007. The ...

Turkey Parliamentarians Argue Over Who Killed Armenians

4/1/2013 ANKARA, Turkey (A.W.)—The Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TGNA) witnessed an argument between parliamentarians over who killed the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in 1915, Turkish newspapers reported on Jan. 3. “Your history is a history of massacres. You know very well how the grandparents of those who are struggling today were killed,” said parliamentarian Sirri ...

Turkish education minister makes surprise visit to Armenian Foundation

VERCİHAN ZİFLİOĞLU ISTANBUL – Daily News with wires 22/5/2011 Education Minister Nimet Çubukçu paid a surprise visit to the Surp Pırgiç Armenian Hospital Foundation and held an exclusive meeting that lasted for roughly half an hour with the foundation’s president Bedros Şirinoğlu on Saturday afternoon. Despite objections to such meetings from certain quarters within Turkey’s Armenian community, Şirinoğlu claimed ...

Istanbul Rums pondering before Turkey’s General Elections

ARIANA FERENTINOU 1/5/2011 Some additional professional commitments during the last few weeks brought me closer to the small Greek Orthodox community of the Rums (Anatolian Greeks) of Istanbul. As this coincided more or less with this year’s Orthodox Easter celebrations, I was able to be with them at the most important date of their religious calendar. This year, ...