2017-07-06 10:17:00

Moskalkova asks Turkish ombudsman to help exempt baptized children who live in Turkey from Islam lessons

Moscow, July 6, Interfax - Russian Human Rights Commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova has asked Turkish ombudsman Sheref Malkoc to assist with facilitating the procedure for exempting baptized children who live in Turkey from Islam lessons.

"The instruction of children from mixed marriages is a different issue. Islam is taught in schools as a compulsory subject. However, for other religions, specifically, Christianity, there are exceptions: children are exempted from this subject if a baptism certificate is produced," Moskalkova said during a meeting with Malkoc in Moscow.

"We are asking to turn to the Education Ministry to make a request made by the two parents sufficient for baptism confirmation, if there are no other documents," she said.