Garo Paylan demands right to freedom to religion for Turkey’s minorities
Garo Paylan demands right to freedom to religion for Turkey’s minorities –
ARMENPRESS – Garo Paylan, Armenian member of the Turkish Majlis representing pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party, defended the right to freedom of belief of the religious minorities of the country during the regular session of Majlis. “Armenpress” reports, citing Demokrathaber.net, Paylan accused the authorities of the country of infringing the right to freedom of belief of Christians and other minorities.
“We all, including me, pay taxes, Christians, Muslims, Alevis, everybody professing some religion pay taxes. But the Directorate for Religious Affairs serves only one religion and one sect of it” the MP mentioned. Garo referred also to the idea of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who has said that “he wishes a religious society”. The Armenian politician inquired why, in that case, religious schools are not opened. “This means Christians have no right to be religious? Why? Why should the religious school of the Armenian Patriarchate be closed?”, Paylan asked.
He documented that the Directorate for Religious Affairs uses the budget formed by their taxes, but as a result he does not have a right to freedom of belif.