ECHR rules against Turkey on the matter of religious education

ECHR rules against Turkey on the matter of religious education


“The right of exemption from relegious education was violated”

Erdogan called an extraordinary meeting to discuss on the jihadists issue

By Manolis Kostidis – Ankara

The immediate change in the way the religious course is being taught in schools demands from Ankara the European Court of Human Rights, which condemned Turkey for the violation of the right to education.

Ahmet Davutoglu reacted to the decision, stressing that “religious culture and ethics in Turkey are essential values”.

The case that was examined by the ECHR involved an Alevi student. His parents felt that the content of compulsory religious education and ethics taught in schools in Turkey, promotes an approach of Sunni Islam and for this reason in 2011 called for the intervention of the court.

The court ruled that “Turkey does not have an exemption system of students who do not want to attend these courses” and also ruled that the turkish education system does not exempt Christians or Jewish students from the religious course, with the exemption of minority schools.

The Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu reacted strongly emphasizing that in turkish schools, in religious course all religions are being taught and said that “the religious course must continue to exist. I may not be a Marxist but I know for Marxism, so even an atheist should be taught the basic values ​​of religions”. Davutoglu, however, did not clarify what the turkish government plans to do on this issue.

Extraordinary meeting in Ankara on the jihadists issue

In Ankara there is mobilisation on the developments for the jihadists of the Islamic State (ISIS) after repeated publications from the U.S. press, accusing Turkey of hidden support to terrorists. The country’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for an extraordinary meeting of the Turkish Prime Minister, ministers as well as the Head of the Armed Forces, Necdet Ozel.

During the three-hour meeting, scenarios of fighting ISIS inside and outside Turkey were examined, including the creation of a security zone within the borders of Syria and Iraq.