Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu met with representatives of the Alevi communities in Istanbul late March 21, after which many of the representatives stated they did not expect concrete solutions to their problems before the upcoming elections in June.
Category: MURAT YETKİN
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has reacted strongly against U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s comments about the eventuality of coming to terms with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to end the civil war there.
Thousands of people in Istanbul have marched to mark the first anniversary of the death of Berkin Elvan, the youngest Gezi protests victim. 'Throughout the 12-year that the AKP ruled the country, hundreds of kids have been killed in the streets,' HDP co-chair Demirtaş said during the ceremony.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has rejected Turkey’s appeal to a ruling that said high school students must be allowed to opt out of religious education classes, which are currently compulsory
Dozens were detained around Turkey on Feb 13 in a boycott of school, while police used anti-riot vehicles and water cannons to disperse the protesters consisting of union members, teachers, parents and students
Only if a student’s ID in says he or she is Christian or Jewish will they be exempted from Islamic religious classes at schools, Turkey’s authorities say in a new regulation
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.
Municipalities run by the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) have started recognizing cemevis as places of worship, while also pledging to meet the needs of cemevis, or Alevi houses of worship
When considered in retrospect, it can be observed that the murder of Mumcu did not only aim at a journalist, and freedom of the press. I was part of a bigger picture - 1993 was a very bad year for Turkey.
Trust in the judiciary is at its lowest level in Turkey today, but the country’s judicial body will be better in future after recent elections also resulted in leftist and Kemalist judges joining the body, according to a high-ranking ruling party member.
HDP co-chair Demirtaş said that PM Davutoğlu should have thanked Turkish daily Cumhuriyet for its decision to reprint a selection of the latest issue of the French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Several leading Alevis associations have decided to hold a large rally in Istanbul on Feb. 8, as well as further meetings with government and opposition representatives.
Category: YUSUF KANLI
The biggest threat to the Turkish state cannot come from any of the minorities. Irrespective of how serious of threats may come from a minority, the Turkish state and nation is strong enough to stand against and deal with that menace.
Bartın is a small and lovely Black Sea coastal city. It is only about a three-hour drive from Ankara.
The chair of the Alevi-Bektashi Federation, Fevzi Gümüş, said the activities for the 36th anniversary of the Maraş incidents were banned and that Alevi citizens coming from other cities were not allowed entry
Turkey has appealed the European Court of Human Rights’ (ECHR) ruling that said high school students must be allowed to opt out of religious education classes, which are currently compulsory.
Category: MUSTAFA AKYOL
Turkey just hosted a controversial “National Education Council.” This is a body in which many educators take part in order to make suggestions to the Education Ministry about future strategies in the national education system.
Category: ÖZGÜR KORKMAZ
Two recent court rulings, one from Turkey and one from Europe, have strengthened the Alevis’ case for cemevis, but the main source of injustice against them is still the Religious Affairs Directorate
The Turkish government is working on a draft reform bill which will allow Alevis to choose their own religion courses at school and give their places of worship the same rights as mosques
This week, Putin and Turkey’s Erdoğan were in talks in Ankara over gas, nuclear energy, energy lines, and such power-related subjects
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