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Turkey: Religious freedom

Turkey's required listing of a citizen's religion on national identity card "is in breach of the state's duty of neutrality and impartiality, since it leads the state to make an assessment of the applicant's faith," said the European Court of Human Rights.

The case was brought to Strasbourg in 2005 by Sinan Isik, after local courts refused to let him remove "Muslim" from his national ID.

Human rights groups say religious identification is often used to deny jobs to non-Muslims in Turkey.

Last October, the European Commission warned Turkey to improve religious freedom in order to join the European Union by 2015.


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