Conversation with USCIRF: Religious Freedom in Turkey

Oct 15


Oct 15th 1:00pm - Oct 15th 2:00pm


U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

Conversation with USCIRF: Religious Freedom in Turkey

Thursday, October 15, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Virtual Event

Please join the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) for a virtual event about religious freedom conditions in Turkey. 

This special event will highlight recent and ongoing religious freedom concerns in Turkey, including the conversion of historic former churches such as the Hagia Sophia and Chora into mosques; governmental and societal targeting of religious minorities; and the ramifications of these developments and practices for religious minorities throughout the country.  The topics of this discussion will also serve to underscore USCIRF’s 2020 Annual Report recommendation to the U.S. Department of State to include Turkey in its Special Watch List for engaging in or tolerating severe religious freedom violations.  USCIRF Commissioners Nury Turkel and James W. Carr will hold a conversation with guest panelists Tuğba Tanyeri-Erdemir of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and Nesi Altaras of Avlaremoz.  USCIRF Director of Outreach and Policy Dwight Bashir will moderate the conversation followed by questions and answers from attendees. 



  • Nury Turkel - Commissioner, USCIRF
  • James W. Carr - Commissioner, USCIRF
  • Tuğba Tanyeri-Erdemir - Coordinator of ADL’s Task Force on Middle East Minorities and Research Associate at the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Anthropology
  • Nesi Altaras - Editor at Avlaremoz


  • Dwight Bashir - Director of Outreach and Policy, USCIRF


This virtual event is open to the public and media. The video recording will be posted on the Commission website. For any additional questions, please contact



Gayle Manchin, Chair · Tony Perkins, Vice Chair · Anurima Bhargava, Vice Chair
Gary Bauer · James W. Carr · Frederick A. Davie · Nadine Maenza · Johnnie Moore · Nury Turkel
Erin D. Singshinsuk, Executive Director

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is an independent, bipartisan federal government entity established by the U.S. Congress to monitor, analyze, and report on threats to religious freedom abroad.