Situation of Turkey’s Alevi community getting worse under Erdoğan

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) pointed out that discrimination against the Alevi community in Turkey is rampant and pervasive and that the situation under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is only getting worse.

On July 2, 1993 an angry mob torched the Madımak Hotel in Sivas province, killing 37 people, mostly Alevi artists and scholars who were there to attend a conference hosted by the Pir Sultan Abdal Culture Foundation (PSAKD).

n a controversial move President Erdoğan in 2020 used his presidential power to pardon a man who was given an aggravated life sentence for his role in the Sivas massacre.