Revisiting Turkey’s Policy Towards Religious Minorities on the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide

Cengiz Aktar

Date: April 1, 2015

Location: Zurich

Cengiz Aktar sees a Turkish state policy towards religious minorities that is “schizophrenic.” On the one hand, he notes, the Turkish authorities now devote public funds to restoring houses of worship
and allow Armenian Christians to represent Turkey abroad, while, on the other hand, they
prevent the restoration of many other Christian sites, suppress awareness of the Ottoman Genocide,
and uphold a 1974 Turkish appeals court case that classified all non-Muslims as “foreigners.”