March 27, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The Turkish Parliament on Friday approved a controversial security bill giving police more powers to search, arrest and use firearms. The bill passed with a vote of 199 to 32. Last month, the government withdrew a more expansive version of this bill after a debate on the proposed law led to a ...[read more]
February 9, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
Bulgarian authorities are failing to address hate crimes, leading to a state of fear, Amnesty International (AI) report Monday. According to AI, over the past two years the number of asylum seekers crossing the border from Turkey to Bulgaria increased almost ten-fold, causing an increase in hate ...[read more]
February 8, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
An Egyptian court on Saturday set February 24 as the date that it will consider a lawsuit that claims Turkey is a "state that supports terrorism" and must be designated as such. The lawsuit claims that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan supported the Muslim Brotherhood and criticized Egypt ...[read more]
January 26, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
A Turkish court on Sunday ordered a ban on Facebook pages that contain materials insulting the Prophet Muhammed. The Golbasi Duty Magistrate Court ruled that Facebook would be blocked in Turkey if the order is not implemented. The Anadolu Agency, Turkey's official press agency, reported that the ...[read more]
January 21, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International on Wednesday criticized a vote by the Turkish Parliament downing a proposal to lift parliamentary immunity for four former ministers accused of corruption. The charges relate to a massive corruption and graft scandal that began in December 2013, ...[read more]
January 6, 2015
by Andrew Morgan
This post originally misidentified Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan... ...[read more]
January 6, 2015
by Andrew Morgan
This post originally misidentified Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan... ...[read more]
November 20, 2014
by Colleen Mallick
Syrian refugees are facing human rights abuses and destitution as they flee into Turkey, Amnesty International (AI) said Thursday. The report, "Struggling to Survive: Refugees from Syria in Turkey," addresses hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees who have faced live fire at the Turkish border ...[read more]
November 4, 2014
by Colleen Mallick
Kurdish children from Kobani, a city that sits on the Syrian-Turkish border, were tortured and abused by the Islamic State (IS), Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. IS reportedly abducted 153 Kurdish boys on May 29, 2014 and held them at a school in Manbij, 55 kilometers outside of Kobani. ...[read more]
October 3, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on Friday praised a ruling by Turkey's Constitutional Court that decreases the power of the country's telecommunications authority TIB to block websites and monitor internet users. The Constitutional Court of Turkey on Thursday ruled ...[read more]

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