Armenian Church in Turkey Demands List of ‘Categorized’ Armenians

An Armenian church organization in Turkey is demanding a list of Armenians who the government has registered with 'minority codes'

ISTANBUL—The director of a Turkey-based Armenian church organization has asked the Interior Ministry to submit to it the list of Armenians codified in Turkish records as ethnic minorities.

Nazar Ozsahakian, the Chairman of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Foundation, has demanded the list, citing a Turkish law on freedom of information as a justified reason for accessing the records.

Knowledge about the Turkish government’s secret use of codes to categorize minority citizens was discovered last week by the Turkish-Armenian news agency Agos, despite evidently being in use since 1923. Armenians are marked with a number 2, Greeks are marked with 1, and Jews with number 3 in Turkish government registries.

Ozsahakian has told the Ministry’s Population and Citizens’ department that the list of Armenians residing in the Istanbul region is necessary for them ahead of the foundation elections.

“Since 1923, the Armenian community has been marked with code number ‘2’ in the population registers; the records are available in your agency. It is mainly the voters in the Sariyer region that elect [members of] the Bolajikyo Holy Trinity Episcopal Foundation. The Armenian community members of Sariyer are the main voters of our church’s foundation. But we are planning to conduct the election outside of the region as well, involving also the voters currently residing in Istanbul in order to allow for a more democratic poll. Hence, pursuant to the Law on Information, we request you to provide the Armenian community’s list, which bears the code number two,” reads the request.

Armenian Church in Turkey Demands List of ‘Categorized’ Armenians

ISTANBUL—The director of a Turkey-based Armenian church organization has asked the Interior Ministry to submit to it the list of Armenians codified in Turkish records as ethnic minorities.

Nazar Ozsahakian, the Chairman of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Foundation, has demanded the list, citing a Turkish law on freedom of information as a justified reason for accessing the records.

Knowledge about the Turkish government’s secret use of codes to categorize minority citizens was discovered last week by the Turkish-Armenian news agency Agos, despite evidently being in use since 1923. Armenians are marked with a number 2, Greeks are marked with 1, and Jews with number 3 in Turkish government registries.

Ozsahakian has told the Ministry’s Population and Citizens’ department that the list of Armenians residing in the Istanbul region is necessary for them ahead of the foundation elections.

“Since 1923, the Armenian community has been marked with code number ‘2’ in the population registers; the records are available in your agency. It is mainly the voters in the Sariyer region that elect [members of] the Bolajikyo Holy Trinity Episcopal Foundation. The Armenian community members of Sariyer are the main voters of our church’s foundation. But we are planning to conduct the election outside of the region as well, involving also the voters currently residing in Istanbul in order to allow for a more democratic poll. Hence, pursuant to the Law on Information, we request you to provide the Armenian community’s list, which bears the code number two,” reads the request.

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6 Comments

  1. ARA said:

    I label them turks- zero- as in no good-they need to get off our land! we will get them off !

  2. Satenik said:

    Not only that, the Turkish government should be forced to disclose the reasons for this vile coding. Imagine if the Turks found out they were being coded in Germany, number 4 comes to mind…if you get my drift. Imagine the uproar! Imagine their demands! Just imagine Erdogan’s face and his speeches demanding “transparency”! Incidently has any German newspaper “dared” writing about this pathetic news/ Or are they scared that the millions of Turks who they have welcomed in their country may be “upset” and cause trouble? I would appreciate a reply. Thank you.

  3. LoveLove said:

    “Categorized” is not an appropriate word.

    This action by Turkey is nothing different than when Jew had to wear the Star of David in Germany. This is racism, hate, and the very opposite of secularism!!!

  4. LoveLove said:

    publish this stuff in huff post as well…. it gets out to more people

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