Islam and Friday prayers in Turkish prisons: Abdullah Yalçın

In Abdullah Yalçın (No. 2) v Turkey [2022] ECHR 473, the applicant was a convicted prisoner in a high-security prison. The prison authorities had refused to provide prisoners with a room in which they could hold Friday prayer.

The Government argued that because Mr Yalçın had shared a cell with up to four other inmates during the relevant period he could have performed congregational Friday prayers with them. Section 70 of Law no. 5275 gave prisoners the right to religious worship, together with the right to obtain necessary items and to possess books and other written materials required for their religious life. The authorities’ interference with his Article 9 rights had had a legal basis and they had complied with their positive obligations under that provision [20]. Continue reading