Hate crimes targeting Christian are on the rise in Turkey
A new report on "Hate Crimes Based on Religion, Belief or Nonbelief in Turkey" by the Freedom of Belief Initiative of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee describes the increasing problem of hate incidents against religious minorities in the country.
These attacks target Christians, Jews, Alevis (a branch of Shīʿa Islam with some pre-Islamic influences, which is practiced mainly in Turkey), and atheists.
The nature of the hate attacks varies between damage to property, threats, violent attacks against individuals, damage to places of worship and cemeteries, harassment, and insults. Some places belonging to religious communities have been repeatedly targeted.
The 2021 report on “Hate Crimes Based on Religion, Belief or Nonbelief in Turkey” published by the Freedom of Belief Initiative, a human rights project of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, has reported an increasing number of attacks against religious minority groups by Muslims in the country.