Dr Mine Yıldırım

Dr Mine Yıldırım

Mine Yıldırım  is a scholar of human rights law and Turkey's leading expert on international protection of religious freedom. She is the founder and head of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee Freedom of Belief Initiative in Turkey, which was established in 2011 as the first permanent Turkish human rights organisation specialising in freedom of religion or belief.

Yildirim has also served as a consultant for Turkey's Education Reform Initiative on compulsory religious education in light of Turkey's human rights obligations. Her academic and policy work covers different facets of religious freedom, including conscientious objection to military service, accommodation of faith in workplaces, and restitution of religious minority properties.

Yildirim is the co-editor of the volume Freedom of Religion and Belief in Turkey, a comprehensive study of religious freedom issues in Turkey. She is also a regular contributor to Forum 18 New Service and independent press agency Bianet.