ISTANBUL (news.am) — Cases of forcible religious conversion continue in Turkey. This time an Armenian teen was converted to Islam on live television on May 14.
During his religious TV program, Turkish theologian Nihat Hatipoglu violated the Treaty of Lausanne and applied one of the points that define genocide. He converted a 13-year-old Armenian boy named Artur to Islam live on the air, and without the presence of his parents.
The Turkish press covered this event as top news.
But this incident is unacceptable under the Treaty of Lausanne, as it violates the rights of national and religious minorities, in terms of religious conversion of a minor without the presence of his parents.
In addition, this act also fits into one of the points that define genocide, and according to which it is unacceptable to forcibly convert a child into another religion. In this situation, this case fully fits into that point, since the religious conversion of a minor without the presence of his parents is equal to forcible religious conversion.