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Are Turkey’s Christians as ‘fine’ as they say?

As tensions simmered between Ankara and Washington over detained American pastor Andrew Brunson, the leaders of Turkey’s non-Muslim minorities issued a joint statement July 31 to deny that they faced any oppression in the country.

  • Fehim Tastekin
  • Al-Monitor

The timing of the move was rather remarkable, and for Garo Paylan, an ethnic Armenian lawmaker for the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), the issuance of such a declaration was “in itself a proof that we are not free.”

Keri 2cThe 18 Christian and Jewish community leaders who signed the declaration asserted that they practiced their…

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