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Turkey: Grand chamber hearing on Alevi faith human rights row

Human rights judges will listen to legal arguments today, brought by 203 members of the Alevi faith, who claim they suffer religious discrimination in Turkey.

The European Court of Human Rights’ case of Doğan and Others v. Turkey (application no. 62649/10) has been brought by 203 Turkish nationals who belong to the Alevi faith. It concerns the rejection of the request made by a number of Turkish nationals belonging to the Alevi faith for provision of a religious public service. They maintain that this has been granted to date exclusively to the majority of citizens, who subscribe to the Sunni understanding of Islam.

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