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09 November, 1998
Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos lashed out yesterday against the state of human rights and religious freedoms in Turkey, interpreting the indignation of the small Greek community in Istanbul over the high-handed abolition of the Halki Academy of Theology's supervisory committee.
Addressing the Megalou Revmatos community on the Bosphorus after mass, the Patriarch spoke of the ``indignation` gripping expatriates and himself and raised the question publicly to what degree equality of rights, justice and religious freedom referred to in the Turkish constitution ``is only valid on paper``.
``I have a duty and obligation to report that our rights are not being respected``, he said and referred to reactions which have already started in the US and Europe in this respect.
Source: Athens News Agency