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Debate on ‘minorities’ law worries Turkey’s Jews


URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/world/article/debate_on_minorities_law_worries_turkeys_jews_20061208

Jewish and Christian leaders were optimistic when the Turkish Parliament began debating a bill regulating minority foundations and organizations.The draft version -- part of a reform effort driven by Turkey's bid for European Union membership -- contained provisions making it easier for minority groups to operate and reacquire properties that had been confiscated by the state. But after a heated debate on the measure, with many parliamentarians objecting to its liberal approach, the version that passed Parliament offered little improvement over the past.

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