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1. Geography
2. Political situation
3. Economy
a. Figures
4. Health
5. Education
a. Universities
6. Demographics
7. Religions
a. Freedom
8. Peoples
9. Languages
10. History
11. Cities and Towns

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Index / Religions / Freedom
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Religious freedom

Turkey is probably the country in the modern world with the most gruesome religiously motivated violations against every form of human right. Turkey was formed as a Muslim country in lands where Christians and Alevis formed major majorities. Christians were close to erased from the country during the Armenian and Assyrian genocides, as well as the ethnic cleasings of Greeks, all finished by the mid-1920's.
Even today, persecution of the Alevi minority has taken a form where the Alevis build religious buildings for worship that look exactly like normal houses. Alevis must accept to be labelled Muslims, althought they represent a unique tradition to which Islam has added elements, and then only few and superficial. The Turkish state has forceibly built mosques in communities with only Alevis, often at gunpoint against furious Alevis.
Although missionary activity is not illegal in Turkey, prosecutors and police arrest those that still do, charging them for insulting Islam or conducting unauthorized educational courses.
When authorities are asked by Christians to change wrong religious designations on identification cards, they often reject doing so.

By Tore Kjeilen