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Alevi organizations call on Turkish authorities to lift compulsory religious classes and recognize cemevis

Alevi organizations on Sunday staged demonstrations in several provinces of Turkey demanding that compulsory religion classes in schools be abolished and that cemevis, Alevi...

Mosques get millions in funding for lighting while cemevis get high electricity bills

Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) has allocated TL 103.5 million ($7.6 million) for the illumination of mosques amid recent debates regarding high electricity bills...

Alevi associations refuse to pay high energy bills for cemevis, charged as ‘businesses’

The Federation of Alevi Associations has announced that they refuse to pay high electricity bills for cemevis, Alevi places of worship, which are considered...

Alevis targeted in 8 out of 14 hate crimes in Turkey: report

Alevis were targeted in more than half of the hate crimes recorded in Turkey in 2020, according to a report by a human rights...

Erdoğan vows to pursue Gülen movement followers who ‘escaped the sword’

Amid an ongoing witch-hunt targeting the faith-based Gülen movement, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday said he would not end his campaign against the...

HDP deputy warns of assassinations of exiled Erdoğan critics

Pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Garo Paylan on Wednesday said he has confirmed intelligence that exiled opponents of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan...

Governor bans commemorative events ahead of Maraş massacre anniversary

The governor of Kahramanmaraş has banned all public events, gatherings and commemorative events days before the 39th anniversary of the Maras massacre. All meetings, demonstrations, marches, rallies,...

Armenian church association attacked in Malatya

Amid tension arising from the marking of Alevi houses in a neighborhood in the province of Malatya, the Association of Kurtuluş Churches was attacked...

ECtHR fines Turkey for violating Alevis’ freedom of faith

Turkey has been ordered to pay 54,400 euros in damages by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) to the Cem Foundation for violating...

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