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Turkey sees tightened government control in run-up to elections: HRW

Turkey’s government has increased its censorship powers and targeted perceived critics and opponents with bogus criminal proceedings and prison sentences in advance of the...

US says İmamoğlu’s conviction not consistent with rights, rule of law

The United States has expressed its disappointment over the conviction of İstanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu in a politically charged trial, saying the mayor’s conviction...

[ANALYSIS] A look at ethnic divisions in Iran amid the hijab revolt

Türkmen Terzi The Iranian regime has in the past faced mass unrest due to the country’s strict hijab laws. This time, however, the nationwide protests...

Academic forced to vacate office at Boğaziçi University despite injunction

Can Candan, a former faculty member at İstanbul’s Boğaziçi University and a documentary filmmaker who was fired in July 2021 for protesting against the...

Police seize banned volumes at book fair in eastern Turkey

Turkish police have confiscated copies of three books at a book fair in the eastern province of Tunceli on the grounds that they had...

‘Music can’t be silenced,’ 1,134 musicians in Turkey declare in joint statement amid bans

A large number of individuals in the music industry, including singers, composers, lyricists, arrangers, music producers and managers, have issued a joint statement against...

Musicians in Turkey overwhelmed by frequent bans on concerts

Musicians in Turkey, who represent one of the professions hit hardest by fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, are now struggling with bans imposed on...

Tax hike on alcoholic beverages dampens the spirit of Turkish nightlife

In a waterfront İstanbul neighborhood that once buzzed with cafe and pub life, there are now only empty tables after a nearly 50 percent...

Latest Boğaziçi protests due to closure of LGBTI+ student club, Erdoğan aide claims

Monday’s protests at İstanbul’s prestigious Boğaziçi University, which followed the arrest of two students over a poster depicting the Kaaba, Islam’s most sacred site,...

Erdoğan puts intense pressure on NGOs with controversial new law

Alin Ozinian Turkey’s parliament on Dec. 27 passed a controversial bill that increases the monitoring of associations and foundations. Six out of the law’s 43...

German chancellor rules out Turkey’s EU membership in near future

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said it would appear to be impossible for Turkey to become a European Union member in the near future,...

Turkey ranks 107th among 162 countries in Human Freedom Index

Turkey, which frequently appears in the international spotlight due to its widespread human rights violations, ranks 107thon a list of 162 countries in a...

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