Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Worldwide has filed a case on behalf of Rachel Zalma* earlier than the European Court docket of Human Rights (ECHR) to problem her illegal ban from dwelling in Turkey. ADF Worldwide has been on the forefront of defending non secular freedom and human rights worldwide. Their involvement in Zalma’s case underscores their dedication to defending the rights of Christians going through discrimination.
In 2009, Rachel Zalma and her husband, Mario Zalma*, relocated to Turkey with the intention of constructing it their residence. For over 11 years, the British couple immersed themselves within the Turkish tradition and neighborhood. Nonetheless, in 2019, Turkish authorities imposed a safety code generally known as “N-82” on Mario. The code, which categorizes people as a “menace to public order and safety,” is successfully a de facto ban from the nation. Beneath this code, people are required to acquire authorities pre-authorization to enter Turkey, a course of that’s typically denied in observe.
The Zalmas found that quite a few people who had attended a 2019 household convention organized by the Affiliation of Turkish Protestant Church buildings together with them, had additionally been unjustly labeled with the N-82 code. The ban, which designates overseas Christians and missionaries as safety threats, has resulted within the expulsion of many people and households in a blatant effort to stifle the unfold of Christianity and undermine non secular freedom.
In 2020, Rachel was additionally branded with the N-82 code. Each people took their instances to the Constitutional Court docket of Türkiye, solely to have their appeals dismissed.
The Zalmas are actually dwelling within the UK.
Lidia Rieder, Authorized Officer for ADF Worldwide, says everybody has the precise to freely select, reside, and share their religion. “Regrettably, Turkish authorities proceed to undermine non secular freedom by intentionally making an attempt to stifle the unfold of Christianity. We’re submitting Rachel Zalma’s case earlier than the ECHR to problem Türkiye’s discriminatory remedy of Christians. Many others face the identical de facto ban as Rachel and her husband. They’ve had their lives turned the other way up merely due to their religion. We hope the Court docket will maintain Türkiye accountable so Christians can as soon as once more reside their lives with out the specter of deportation or unchallengeable re-entry bans hanging over them,” being threats to public order and safety,” Rieder mentioned.
Rachel Zalma’s case sheds gentle on the regarding progress of faith-based discrimination in Turkey and highlights the essential position ADF Worldwide performs in safeguarding non secular freedom, worldwide.
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