LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS
European Court of Human Rights Rules That Turkey Must Recognize Kingdom Halls as “Places of Worship”
Although the legal status of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Turkey has gradually improved, they still suffer discrimination in their efforts to build and own recognized places of worship.
A third judgment against Turkey emphasizes that the European Convention protects conscientious objectors and that all Council of Europe member states must recognize the right of freedom of conscience.
Why does the government oppose conscientious objection, refusing to recognize this fundamental human right?