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Turkey: 1. Please provide an update on the situation of Kurds and Alevis in Turkey. 2. Is there any available information about a ceremony to unveil a statue of Seyid Riza in Dersim (Tunceli) in August 2010? 3. Is there any information about recent (since 2008) incidents involving Kurds or Alevis in Erzincan? 4. Do Kurds generally have difficulty getting passports in Turkey and is it common to be able to bypass the usual channels by paying for a passport?

13 March 2012 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Turkey: 1. Please advise whether official records of birth and marriage in Turkey are unreliable. 2. What is the current treatment of Kurdish people in Istanbul? In the rest of Turkey? Do they have state protection? 3. Please provide information (including policies) about the HADEP and the DTP. How are members treated by the Turkish government? 4. Are there reports of assaults/rapes by government officers/police against Kurdish women? 5. Information about relocation? Is a Kurdish accent recognisable throughout Turkey?

28 April 2011 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Turkey: 1. Was being non-Muslim illegal in Turkey circa 1987? 2. Are Christians able to practice their religion in Turkey? 3. Do Christians face discrimination and harassment in employment in Turkey? 4. Are Christians targeted by authorities for organising conferences and meetings about religion? 5. Is there any information to suggest that the close relatives of former Turkish politicians can wield influence over police and the courts?

28 March 2011 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Turkey: 1. Please provide background on the history and characteristics of the Kurdish people in Gaziantep. 2. Please provide information on the treatment of Kurds in Turkey generally, and in Kurdish Hill a suburb of Gaziantep. Are they at risk of being harassed or ill-treated because they are characterised as being terrorists? 3. Please provide information on the major political parties in Turkey and in particular whether there are "pro-Kurdish parties". 4. Are Kurdish people prevented from speaking their native language? 5. Please provide information on the HADEP and whether a member of the Youth Branch of that party is likely to be targeted for harm. 6. Please provide information on Newroz Celebrations and is there information that anyone was beaten by police at the 2000 Newroz Celebrations? 7. Please confirm whether the HADEP was banned by the Turkish Court of Constitution and DEHAP became the new party for Kurds? 8. Is there any information to suggest that a Kurd in Turkey might be terminated from employment because of their political activities? 9. Is there information to suggest the police had members of the DTP under surveillance during the general election of July 2007? 10. Is there any information that the police raid the houses of members of the DTP and that the police take such members to the anti-terror unit of police headquarters? Is there any evidence that the police torture people when they interrogate them? 11. Is there any information indicating that towards the end of January 2010, police arrested many Kurds in Gaziantep and that they were tortured and threatened with killing if they did not cease their political activities? 12. Is there information that the police try to target political activists using "fascist" groups

4 March 2011 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Turkey: 1. What is the attitude towards atheists in Turkey, particularly ones who were born Muslim? 2. Would authorities fail to protect an atheist from attacks by the general public? 3. Are there any reports of Hezbollah targeting atheists/non-practising Muslims in Turkey?

1 November 2010 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Iran: 1. Deleted. 2. Is there any information about the Mormons who are Iranians who reside in Turkey but travel to Iran on missions? 3. Are there any references to the burning of the Saderat bank during the post-election protests in Tehran occurring in June 2009?

18 May 2010 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Turkey: 1. Please obtain the names of Kurdish tribes and Kurdish languages primarily spoken in Igdir. 2. Please advise the address of the DTP office in Antalya in 2006? 3. Who were the leading figures in the DTP nationally in 2007? 4. Are DTP supporters being targeted for any harm because of their support? 5. Please also provide an update on the current human rights situation for Kurds in Turkey, and how the situation for them has evolved since early 2008 (when TUR32816 was written). Please identify the characteristics among the Kurdish population that continue to attract state-backed harm, and also give some context to this with information on the situation for people of Kurdish background generally

14 September 2009 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Turkey: 1. Please provide any information about the ill-treatment of Kurds in the Gaziantep area. 2. Please provide information about the Kurdish Democratic Party (DTP). 3. Please provide any available information about penalties/ill-treatment in Turkey for the promotion of the Kurdish language or production of literature in the Kurdish language

2 March 2009 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Turkey: 1. Please provide information on state protection for women in Turkey who fear honour killings. 2. How do the police in Turkey respond to threats of honour killings? 3. Please provide information on the Safi sect of Islam in Turkey. 4. Is the Safi sect of Islam present in eastern Turkey? 5. If so, what is its level of influence compared to other Islamic sects in eastern Turkey? 6. Is there information on the system of honour known as Tore in Turkey? 7. Is there a link between the Safi sect of Islam and the Tore system of honour in Turkey? 8. Would a woman under threat of honour killing in Istanbul be able to safely relocate to eastern Turkey?

6 September 2007 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Turkey: 1. Please provide background information on Nur Cemaat, particularly its religious and political profile. Is it opposed to the Turkish constitution? 2. Is there a formal network or any registration of members? 3. Do its members observe particular Islamic forms such as religious practice, headscarves and beards? 4. Do the Turkish authorities place restrictions on it? In particular, what is the recently reelected government's relationship with it? 5. Are there reported incidents of Nur Cemaat being pressured or harshly treated? 6. Are there laws in Turkey to prevent anti-Kemalist speeches, etc., and are they enforced against Islamic groups? 7. Please provide any background on Mehmet Kutlular. 8. Are there reports of Encyclopedia of Recent History (Yakin Tarih Ansiklopedisi), or similar anti-Kemalist publications? 9. Are there reports of government action against people distributing such material? 10. If so, do reports of official action refer to formal charges, imprisonment and seizure of passports and/or informal measures such as detention and warnings? 11. Are there any associated Turkish groups in Australia?

21 August 2007 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

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