CNA Staff, May 1, 2020 / 11:09 am
The Turkish foreign ministry on Wednesday rejected Turkey's inclusion in a report by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, charging that the report comes from a "biased mindset".
"The report contains baseless, unaccredited and vague allegations as in the past years while trying to portray isolated incidents as violations of religious freedoms through far-fetched accusations," Hami Aksoy, a spokesperson for the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said April 29.
"The importance attached by Turkey to protect religious freedoms, including those of religious minorities, is expressed at the highest level by our Government officials. Our authorities make it clear that any harm to the religious freedoms of our citizens will not be tolerated," Aksoy added.
In its 2020 report, USCIRF recommended that the State Department add Turkey, as well as 10 other countries, to a "Special Watch List" of countries where abuses of religious minorities are taking place, but not at a level as severe as in those designated as "countries of particular concern."