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Alevis march against compulsory religion classes in Istanbul

Alevis march against compulsory religion classes in Istanbul

A group of Alevi associations partnered with the Eğitim-Sen teachers’ union staged a rally on Feb. 8 in Istanbul’s Kadıköy district against compulsory religion classes and forming the education system according to religious rules.

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Security laws taking Turkey backward in terms of freedoms

Security laws taking Turkey backward in terms of freedoms

A new security package proposed by the ruling AKP will leave citizens at the whim of police officers in terms of personal freedoms, according to the head of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TİHV). Ultimately, torture has merely changed form under the AKP, Şebnem Korur Fincancı says.

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Turkish police use tear gas to prevent march for Gezi victim near presidential palace

Turkish police use tear gas to prevent march for Gezi victim near presidential palace

A group of protesters have attempted to march Turkey’s new presidential palace to mark the shooting of 15-year-old Gezi protests victim Berkin Elvan, but the police prevented the demonstration by using tear gas, detaining 50 people

Comment(s) 2/6/2015

Infographic: Turkey’s human rights record in ECHR rulings

Infographic: Turkey’s human rights record in ECHR rulings

Turkey still heads the notorious list of countries sued or convicted at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), but the number of applications against Ankara has recently been falling.

Comment(s) 1/31/2015

Turkish parliamentary commission approves bill for tighter website blocking

Turkish parliamentary commission approves bill for tighter website blocking

The Prime Ministry or related ministries will be able to block any website without a court order for a broad range of reasons

Comment(s) 2/5/2015

Turkish court fines hamam owner for denying entry of transgender woman

Turkish court fines hamam owner for denying entry of transgender woman

A Turkish court has ruled that the owner of a hamam, Turkish bath, in Istanbul is to pay 3,000 Turkish Liras for discriminating against a transgender woman by denying her entry

Comment(s) 1/30/2015

Saturday Mothers launch campaign against statute of limitations

Saturday Mothers launch campaign against statute of limitations

The Saturday Mothers group has launched a joint campaign with the Human Rights Foundation against the application of the statute of limitations in a number of cases

Comment(s) 2/5/2015

Report emphasizes Erdoğan’s impact on decline of democracy in Turkey

Report emphasizes Erdoğan’s impact on decline of democracy in Turkey

Freedom House’s annual report emphasized the impact President Erdoğan has had on the decline of democracy in Turkey

Comment(s) 1/29/2015

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