Priest Jailed as Turkish Authorities Target Christians

Thursday, April 15th, 2021

An Assyrian priest will spend two years in a Turkish prison for providing food and water to the HPG.

The HPG is the military wing of the Kurdistan Workers Party, and they are classified as a terrorist organisation by the Turkish government.

Christian Today reports, Father Aho is the caretaker of a 1,500 year-old monastery in Southeast Turkey.

A human rights activist has told Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), Turkish authorities have been trying to erase Turkey’s Christian heritage.

They have told how the government makes it “extremely difficult” for the Christian community to survive in such a hostile environment.

CSW has called for an urgent review into the charges against the priest, with founder Mervyn Thomas calling for the Turkish government to end discrimination against religious minorities.

 

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