Reforms on Alevi rights to be announced later

“Work is under way on the Alevi initiative. It will be made public later. This package [announced by Erdoğan] is not the final one. New ones will follow,” Bozdağ said

Reforms on Alevi rights to be announced later

Following the announcement by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of a series of reforms to strengthen democracy in Turkey which was criticized by some for lacking improvements in Alevi rights, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ has said a new package on the issue is to be announced later.

“Work is under way on the Alevi initiative. It will be made public later. This package [announced by Erdoğan] is not the final one. New ones will follow,” Bozdağ said on Monday after Erdoğan's announcement.

On Monday morning Erdoğan announced a package of proposals that include the lifting of some restrictions on the use of the Kurdish language, as well as further steps to liberalize the wearing of headscarves at public institutions. The only article in the package that concerns Alevis stipulates the renaming of a university after Hacı Bektaş Veli, a beloved Alevi figure.

The Alevi community is thought to have between 6 and 12 million adherents in Turkey, which has a population of more than 70 million. Alevis demand that cemevis be officially recognized by the state.

Cemevis have not been legally recognized by the Turkish state since the passage of the 1925 Closure of Dervish Lodges Law, which shuttered the country's Sufi orders, dervish lodges and other non-orthodox centers of Islamic worship.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Ekim 2013, 10:00

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