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Published on Feb 3, 2011
"An Overview of the Issues and Concerns of Religious Minorities in Turkey" A panel discussion with Otmar Oehring, PhD, Director of the Human Rights Office, Pontifical Mission Society, Germany; Pieter Omtzigt, PhD, Member of the Parliamentary Assembly, Council of Europe, Enschede, Netherlands; and Gregor Puppinck, PhD, Director of the European Centre of Law and Justice, Strasbourg, France.
The two-day meeting, entitled, "Religious Freedom: Turkey's Bridge to the European Union," was held at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, November 16-17, 2010. The symposium brought together over thirty renowned scholars, religious freedom and human rights advocates, journalists, diplomats, parliamentarians, religious leaders, representatives of the Government of Turkey, lawyers and members of minority communities. They presented complex, diverse and contrasting viewpoints and perspectives on the status of religious freedom in Turkey to nearly two-hundred participants from across the United States, Turkey and Europe.
The conference was sponsored by the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America and the Pammakaristos Brotherhood of Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Europe, in cooperation with the Patriarchal Liaison Office of the Orthodox Church to the European Union.