Saturday, October 22, 2005

Turkey has achieved little progress in religious freedoms


"Camiel Eurlings, a Dutch member of the Parliament's Christian Democratic group, noted in a speech in Istanbul that Turkey had been asked to improve property rights for non-Muslim minorities and take steps to improve conditions for the Greek Orthodox community to train clerics, in a European Union report issued a year ago to assess Turkish progress in meeting EU criteria for entry into the bloc.

Unfortunately, there has been little progress since this latest report. The EU Commission released its annual report on Turkey's progress in harmonization with EU standards in 2004 autumn and is due to issue the 2005 assessment on Nov. 9. The report is expected to praise Turkey's reform progress while criticizing Ankara for remaining deficiencies."
Turkish Daily News - Eurlings: Turkey has achieved little progress in religious freedoms

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