Turkish government has issued a decree to return immovable properties belonging to minority foundations in Turkey.
The decree was published in the Official Gazette on Saturday to return all immovable properties belonging to the minority foundations which they declared back in 1936 including their cemeteries and fountains.
Minority foundations and their rights are protected by the 1924 Lausanne Treaty. However, minority foundations have lost their rights on their immovables in years as some of them have failed to be registered officially and others have been sold to third parties.
Minority foundations are obliged to make an official appeal within 12 months to reclaim their immovables.
Turkey has been found guilty in a number of cases at the European Court of Human Rights, which sentenced the country to pay compensation to minority foundations for failing to register their immovables.
AALast Mod: 28 Ağustos 2011, 11:30