Talk:Freedom of religion in Northern Cyprus

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In January 2011, the singer Boy George agreed to return an 18th-century icon of Christ to the Church of Cyprus that he had bought without knowing the origin of. The icon, which had adorned his home for 26 years, had been looted from the church of St Charalampus from the village of New Chorio, near Kythrea. Boy George had originally purchased the icon from a London art dealer eleven years after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus. He returned the icon at the Saints Anargyroi Church, Highgate, north London.

This is not about freedom of religion in Northern Cyprus. Since freedom of religion is "the right to practise whatever religion one chooses", this icon has no relation with that. It is just an icon looted during the war in Cyprus, it is not about restrictions and pressure on religious minorities or something like that. And religious freedom in Northern Cyprus is not the incidents which happened during the war, it is the recent incidents and situation. And this piece of information is already presented in the article of Turkish invasion of Cyprus. So, I am removing this from the article. --Seksen iki yüz kırk beş (talk) 12:01, 24 April 2011 (UTC)

The looting of artifacts disrupts "Freedom of religion". It is a valid and high-profile example. It shows that the Turkish military failed to prevent the looting of churches. In fact there are examples, that I can introduce, which show that the Turkish army participated in the looting, destruction, and desecration of churches. The looting of artifacts is just a tiny example.  Nipsonanomhmata  (Talk) 12:34, 24 April 2011 (UTC)
It might be an example, but in 1974. If you can find some sources that churches have been looted after 1974, more recently, it is all right. But this is not about "the right to practise whatever religion one chooses" in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Otherwise, if this stays in the article, it will mean that information about massacres of Turkish Cypriots in 1974 (and persecutions before 1974) can be placed in the article of Human rights in Cyprus. The events during the war should be excluded from such articles. --Seksen iki yüz kırk beş (talk) 12:47, 24 April 2011 (UTC)
From my point of view you are welcome to add anything you like to Human Rights in Cyprus (as long as the references are good). The fact remains that there are a hundred times more human rights violations concerning the Turkish occupation of northern Cyprus. You are more than welcome to escalate the introduction of human rights abuses (within Wikipedia guidelines). 13:02, 24 April 2011 (UTC)

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