Thursday, September 22, 2005

Alevis to sue Prime Ministry

Cem Foundation head Dogan: Constitutional freedoms of conscience and religion are being violated

Cem Foundation Chairman Izzettin Dogan announced yesterday that the group will file a case against the Prime Ministry accusing it of violating the constitutional rights of Turkey's Alevis.

Speaking at a press conference at Istanbul's Pera Palas Hotel, Dogan stated that tomorrow they will sue the Prime Ministry at the Council of State on behalf of 2,000 people on the grounds that it is violating the Constitution, the law and statutory judgments of the law related to the religious freedom of Turkey's Alevi citizens.

Disregarding the 1982 Constitution's sections on the freedom of religion and conscience, said Dogan, the state budget supports no religion besides Islam.

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