ANKARA—A report published this week by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedoms that ranked Turkey as one of the worst oppressors of Christians has been deemed “null and void” by the Turkish Foreign Ministry, reported the Hurriyet Daily News on Friday.
“The report, which is prepared by politicians representing some interest groups, contradicts the findings of U.S. State Department’s annual reports so far,” the ministry said in a written statement according to Hurriyet.
The commission “fell short in understanding” the steps taken recently by Turkey on freedom of religion and protecting the rights of non-Muslim minorities, the statement continued.
The Foreign Ministry also criticized the report for failing to address incidents in Europe based on Islamophobia, with many mosques having been attacked and religious leaders being appointed by impose of state. The statement thus claimed that “the report [had been] prepared for political reasons.”