Turkey veers to darkness. Aykan Erdemir @FDD Malcolm Hoenlein

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(Photo: View of the Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya) at night, Istanbul

Date 28 August 2006, 20:02

Source View of the Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya) at night, Istanbul

Author Dave Proffer

Camera location 41° 00′ 21.36″ N, 28° 58′ 31.29″ E Kartographer map based on OpenStreetMap. )

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Turkey veers to darkness. Aykan Erdemir @FDD Malcolm Hoenlein

Dr. Aykan Erdemir is a former member of the Turkish Parliament (2011-2015) who served in the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee, EU Harmonization Committee, and the Ad Hoc Parliamentary Committee on the IT Sector and the Internet. As an outspoken defender of pluralism, minority rights, and religious freedoms in the Middle East, Dr. Erdemir has been at the forefront of the struggle against religious persecution, hate crimes, and hate speech in Turkey. He is a founding member of the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief, and a drafter of and signatory to the Oslo Charter for Freedom of Religion or Belief (2014) as well as a signatory legislator to the London Declaration on Combating Antisemitism. On April 27, 2016, Dr. Erdemir was awarded the Stefanus Prize for Religious Freedom in recognition of his advocacy for minority rights and religious freedoms.

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