Non-Muslim Identity Card Holders in Turkey Face Discriminatory Practices

Country: Turkey

Date of incident: February 1, 2010

Personal documents of Turkish citizens include information on religion, leaving potential for discriminatory practices. Examples include reports of harassment by local officials of persons who converted from Islam to other religions and wanted to change their ID cards.

Including their religious belief on the identity card exposed them to discrimination, some non-Muslims maintained. The 2010 Sinan Isik v. Turkey ECtHR judgment indicated that listing the religious affiliation on identity cards is in breach of the Convention and it has yet to be implemented. Sources: