No one is offering a statement.
It’s how they do it in the statist/Muslim axis.
Non-muslim groups expect government to act after coding scandal
A member of Turkey’s Greek Orthodox community in an İstanbul church. (Photo: Today’s Zaman)
2 August 2013 /E. BARIŞ ALTINTAŞ, İSTANBUL
An official response to a query accidentally revealed that the Turkish state has been numbering its non-Muslim citizens, but not a single government official has made a statement concerning the issue.
Earlier this week, it became evident from an official response from the Education Ministry to a query that non-Muslim minorities in Turkey were monitored and filed based on their ethnicity. They were also assigned numbers, in a practice that dates back to the establishment of the republic.
According to a report by the Agos daily, since 1923 Armenians, Greeks and Jews have been assigned code numbers in official correspondence between government institutions. A letter sent by the İstanbul Directorate of National Education to its Şişli branch indicates that Armenian citizens are given the code number two.
This confidential categorization by the state is normally kept by census bureaus and revealed only when there is an official request from another government institution. According to this racial code system, Greeks are given the number one and Jews the number three.