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Parliamentary question - E-004123/2021(ASW)Parliamentary question

Answer given by Mr Várhelyi on behalf of the European Commission

The Commission examines in detail the matter of freedom of thought, conscience and religion in the framework of the annual country report on Turkey. The 2021 Turkey Report[1] points out that several European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) judgments regarding conscientious objection are yet to be implemented.

The Commission systematically raises with the Turkish authorities the need to swiftly implement the rulings of the ECtHR. The respect for the rule of law and fundamental rights in Turkey remains a key concern. The Commission raises related issues in all relevant contacts with the Turkish authorities, including in the context of the Sub-Committee covering the judiciary, fundamental rights and freedoms, home affairs, taxation, customs and financial control established under the EU-Turkey Association Agreement.

Last updated: 8 December 2021
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