Whether an Alevi would be promoted to the rank of sergeant in the Turkish army and presence of Alevi in the Turkish Army in general and in specific ranks and units (1980-2000) [TUR35246.E]

No information on the presence of Alevi Kurds in the Turkish armed forces could be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

A paper on Alevi Kurds in Turkey retrieved from the Website of the Australia Alevi Cultural Centre in Sidney, Autralia, claims that Alevis are banned from the higher echelons of the civil service and, unless they can conceal their origin, cannot graduate from military schools. The paper also states that the Alevi community in Turkey is targeted because its members are Alevi, Kurds and traditional supporters of the left.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


Australia Alevi Cultural Centre, Sidney. n.d. "Alevism" http://www.alevi.org.au/alevism.html [Accessed 1 Nov. 2000]

Additional Sources Consulted

IRB databases


Internet sources including:

The Library of Congress. Country Studies: Turkey. 1995

World News Connection (WNC)

Various search engines