The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Alevis – Turkey’s second-largest religious group after Sunni Muslims – are denied the right to freedom of religion. State recognition of the faith was a key issue.

Turkey’s Alevi community won a victory in Strasbourg on Tuesday, where the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) supported their claims of religious discrimination in Turkey. The panel of judges found that Alevis „were subjected to a difference in treatment for which there was no objective and reasonable justification.“

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