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Text of A resolution urging the Republic of Turkey to safeguard its Christian heritage and to return confiscated church properties.

...properties.

This resolution was introduced on March 8, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Mar 8, 2012 (Introduced).

Source: GPO

III

112th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. RES. 392

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 8, 2012

(for himself, Mrs. Feinstein, and Mr. Kirk) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations

RESOLUTION

Urging the Republic of Turkey to safeguard its Christian heritage and to return confiscated church properties.

That it is the sense of the Senate that the Secretary of State, in all official contacts with officials and representatives of the Government of Turkey, should emphasize that the Government of Turkey should—

(1)

end all forms of religious discrimination;

(2)

allow the rightful church and lay owners of Christian church properties, without hindrance or restriction, to organize and administer prayer services, religious education, clerical training, appointments, and succession, religious community gatherings, social services, including ministry to the needs of the poor and infirm, and other religious activities;

(3)

return to their rightful owners all Christian churches and other places of worship, monasteries, schools, hospitals, monuments, relics, holy sites, and other religious properties, including movable properties, such as artwork, manuscripts, vestments, vessels, and other artifacts; and

(4)

allow the rightful Christian church and lay owners of Christian church properties, without hindrance or restriction, to preserve, reconstruct, and repair, as they see fit, all Christian churches and other places of worship, monasteries, schools, hospitals, monuments, relics, holy sites, and other religious properties within Turkey.