EU Commission’s Turkey Report Touches on Property Rights As Well

St. Gabriel Assyrian Monastry in Midyat, Turkey, founded in 397 A.D.

Bar Daisan - AINA - 22/4/18 Brussels (AINA) -- In its new report on accession, the European Commission in Brussels has given Turkey the worst testimonial yet, attesting that the country is facing serious regressions in the rule of law, freedom of expression and the independence of the judiciary. Related: The Case of the St. Gabriel Assyrian Monastery in Midyat, Turkey "Turkey ...

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 ...

Return of Mor Gabriel Monastery land approved

8/10/13 Turkish Deputy PM Arinc says the assembly of foundations, the decision-making body of the Directorate General of Foundations, decided to return land to Mor Gabriel Monastery Foundation. Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc has said the assembly of foundations, the decision-making body of the Directorate General of Foundations, decided to return land to the Mor Gabriel ...

Promised legal reforms disappoint Turkey’s religious minorities

World Watch Monitor - 4/10/13 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 a broad array of reform laws, drafted by his ruling Justice and Development Party for parliamentary debate and approval. Although public focus remained ...

Syriacs to regain Mor Gabriel’s land, no move on Halki Seminary in ‘democratization package’

ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News - 2/10/13 The land of the historic Mor Gabriel Monastery will be returned to the Syriac community in Turkey as part of the “democratization package” announced by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan today, while the package fell short of meeting the expectations that the Halki Seminary could be reopened. “The land ...

A Mardin and Midyat adventure

6/4/13 -Asianet The four of us sat in the dolmus, eating Yusuf's almonds and debating the best way for me to visit Deyrulzafaran Monastery. The Syrian orthodox monastery and former seat of the church's patriarch is 10 kilometers from Mardin and our dolmus. Chomping away we all disagreed on the best way to go. According to ...

Turkey Invites Wary Minorities To Return From Exile

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By: Enis Tayman Translated from Radikal (Turkey). 22/3/13 Representatives of non-Muslims who have emigrated from Anatolia have responded to the call by Minister of Culture and Tourism Omer Celik for them to return home. They say they are hopeful but in practice, there are still many questions to answer. President Abdullah Gul, while receiving a Syriac delegation, said, “Do not forget this land.” President Gul ...

”This Is Simply Our Home”

Land dispute with the Turkish government and Kurdish village leaders: The Mor Gabrial is the oldest surviving Christian monastery in the world. There have been claims that the monastery was built on the grounds of a previous mosque - regardless of the fact that the monastery was founded over 170 tears prior to the birth of Mohammed

  Syriac Orthodox Christians in Turkey Ekrem Eddy Güzeldere - 27/2/13 In recent years, around 60-100 Syriac Orthodox families have returned from central Europe to Turkey. Encouraged by changes in the political atmosphere, the minority nonetheless faces a host of problems, from the expropriation of land belonging to a monastery, to a ban on special schools and kindergartens, ...

Legal Issues Cast Doubt on Return of Christians to Turkey’s Southeast

Syriac Christian monks attend a service in Mor Gabriel monastery in southeastern Turkey. Dorian Jones 26/10/2012 MOR GABRIEL, TURKEY — Turkey is home to Syriac Christians, whose followers extend across the Middle East. In the 1990s, many Syriac Christians fled Turkey during years of fighting between the Turkish state and Kurdish rebels. In the last few years, they ...

Oldest Christian Monastery at Risk

A. Papapostolou Source: ANSA 12/7/2012 The Mongolians failed to destroy it 700 years ago despite the massacre of 40 friars and 400 Christians. Yet the existence of the oldest functioning Christian monastery in the world, the fifth century Mor Gabriel Monastery in the Tur Abdin plane (“the mountain of God’s servants”) near the Turkish-Syrian border, is at risk ...

Exploring the Tur Abdin a forgotten treasure of southeastern Turkey

Stylite column at Mor Lozoor, Mercimekli (PHOTOS PAT YALE)

29 /1/2012 PAT YALE , MARDİN Imagine a landscape of narrow country roads hemmed in by dry stone walls. Imagine village after honey-colored village, each with its church tower punctuating the skyline. Imagine golden-stoned houses blending softly into the scenery. The cotswolds in the UK? No, believe it or not this is a description of the Tur ...

Turkish Syriacs lament problems with education, Mor Gabriel

VERCİHAN ZİFLİOĞLU ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News 4/4/2011 Syriacs in Turkey are fighting to regain their rite to educate their children in their own language, which is recognized by UNESCO as being in danger of extinction. At the same time, many Syriacs are hoping to stop a land grab against the community’s most symbolic center in the country, ...

Another gross example of the repression of Christianity in Turkey

Why are we still seriously considering Turkish membership of the EU? By William Oddie 24/2/2011 Yet more evidence has emerged that Turkey’s proposed membership of the EU should be definitively ruled out on the grounds of the incompatibility of the proposed partners. To put it simply, despite the increasingly secular nature of contemporary Europe and certainly of the ...