Turkish government has seized the properties of Syriac (Aramean) community in Turkey including churches, monasteries and cemeteries and given them to public institutions like Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet), reported by Demokrat Haber on Thursday.
According to the report, Turkey’s Mardin Governorate has decided to hand over numbers of properties including monasteries, churches and cemeteries which have been belong to Turkey’s Syriac community in Mardin province and its districts to the treasury or public institutions.
It was reported that Mardin Governor Office has established a special Commission for Liquidation and Sharing for the properties owned by Turkey’s Syriac community. The Foundation of Mor Gabriel Monastery has objected the seizure and delivery decisions of Syriac properties. However, the objection was also rejected by the commission on May 2017.
Tens of churches, monasteries and cemeteries were reportedly given by the commission to the Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) as some cemeteries were given to Mardin Municipality. …
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