Criminal Code (2016) (excerpt)

PENAL CODE OF TURKEY

 

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Prevention of the Exercise of Freedom of Belief, Thought and Conviction

Article 115

(1) Any person who uses force against, or threatens, another person in order to compel him to alter or declare, or in order to prevent him from declaring or disseminating, his religious, political, social, or philosophical beliefs, thoughts or convictions shall be sentenced to a penalty of imprisonment for a term of one to three years.

(2) (Amended on 2 March 2014 – By Article 14 of the Law no. 6529) Where communal religious worship or ceremony is prevented by the use of force, threats or by any other unlawful act a penalty in accordance with paragraph 1 shall be imposed.

(3) (Added on 2 March 2014 – By Article 14 of the Law no. 6529) Where life styles originating from beliefs, thoughts or convictions are interfered with or altered involuntarily by using force, threats or by any other unlawful act, a penalty in accordance with paragraph 1 shall be imposed.

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