“Despite the fact that it has signed many international conventions and treaties that guarantee fundamental freedoms for all, the basic fundamental rights of the Alevi community in Turkey are ignored by the country,” according to ANI, India’s state news agency.
“Turkey has seen many horrific experiences in recent history, in which many innocent people lost their lives due to the conflicts.
Recently, several Alevi Cemevis (Alevi prayer place) and clubs in Ankara were targeted by mutual attacks on July 30 of this year.
Alevi Cemevis also called Sercesme Cemevi in Batikent, Pir Sultan Cemevi in Oran, Cankara, Ana Fatma Cemevi in Tuzlucayir, Mamak and the association of Gokcebel village were targeted in the attacks.
As a result of the attack, a woman was hospitalized after being stabbed in the attack on the Bektasi Turkmen Alevi Foundation, located in the Kizilay government district, according to reports.
Similarly, another attack at Sah-e Merdan Cemevi in Ankara’s Mamak district occurred during Jem, an Alevi religious ritual. The man who broke into Cemevi allegedly scattered things and threw a chair at dede, the Alevi cleric. One person was injured in the attack.
Reports say that Alevis have never been recognized as equal citizens of Turkey and the community has seen many horrific experiences in recent history.
In particular, Turkey has become sectarian, authoritarian and intolerant under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The government is trying to turn Alevis, Sunnis, Kurds, Turks, and Arabs into enemies through policies that fuel the ethnic and religious divisions enacted by the AKP (Justice and Development Party) government.
Turkey’s Alevi community continues to face serious problems in terms of official state recognition and the practice of their religion. Attacks against Turkey’s minority community have the support of the Islamist Sunni government.”