World Bulletin/News Desk
Responding to a parliamentary question, Labor and Social Security Minister Faruk Çelik recently stated that the right of non-Muslim Turkish citizens to become civil servants is enshrined in the constitution.
The minister's response comes amid allegations that non-Muslims are being discriminated against when applying for government jobs, especially in the security forces, Foreign Ministry and Religious Affairs Directorate.
Çelik recalled that in order to be employed as a civil servant as specified in Article 48 of Civil Servants Law no. 657, the applicant must be a Turkish citizen. The minister went on to add that Article 70 of the Constitution, which states that “every Turk has the right to enter public service and no criteria other than the qualifications for the office concerned shall be taken into consideration for recruitment into public service,” also ensures that non-Muslims are not discriminated against when applying for a public sector position.
“According to these provisions, our non-Muslim citizens' right to enter public service has also been placed under the protection of the constitution. Thus the State Personnel Department does not collect or record any personal information of a civil servant about their religious beliefs.”Last Mod: 28 Mayıs 2013, 12:24