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Braving crackdown, Turkish students resist Erdogan’s bid to subjugate universities

Students and teachers of Boğaziçi University and across Turkey have been protesting the undemocratic appointment of Erdogan loyalist Melih Bulu as the institution’s rector

Progressives denounce Turkey’s persecution of Turkish Cypriot publisher Sener Levent 

The Progressive Party of Working People and Members of the European Parliament from Cyprus expressed solidarity with Turkish Cypriot publisher Şener Levent who is being persecuted for defaming Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Former Kurdish parliamentarian Leyla Güven sentenced to over 22 years in jail

Leyla Güven, a former member of parliament, was tried and sentenced for her alleged membership of the banned Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) and on the charge of disseminating “terrorist propaganda”

Turkey COVID update As COVID-19 cases soar in Turkey, demands for fresh lockdown gain momentum

Turkey has been hit by a second wave of COVID-19 and recorded more new cases on Sunday than Brazil and Russia, standing just behind the US and India

Turkey sentences over 300 people to life for their alleged involvement in 2016 failed coup attempt

More than 470 people were tried for their alleged involvement in a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016 to overthrow Erdogan out of which the court found 337 guilty

Thousands march across Turkey to denounce violence against women

The protesters demanded that Turkey should not withdraw from the 2011 Istanbul Convention which asks the signatories to enact laws to prevent violence against Women.

Turkey social media law Turkish parliament approves new social media law raising fears of censorship and harassment  

The amendment in Turkey’s internet law comes after Erdogan’s warning of shutting social media sites over “immoral content” earlier this month

Turkey women protest Feminist groups protest rising femicide and violence against women in Turkey

The murder of Pinar Gultekin, a 27-year-old university student, has brought thousands to the streets in protest. They are demanding an end to femicide and other forms of violence against women

Turkish communists criticize Erdogan’s decision to convert Hagia Sophia to a mosque

The decision of right-wing Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to permit worship at the Hagia Sophia Museum has been widely condemned as a ploy to appease Muslim hardliners

Persecution of opposition HDP leader in Turkey Detention of HDP leader Selahattin Demirtas is violation of rights, says top Turkish court

The Turkish constitutional court said the detention of Selahattin Demirtas is in violation of his rights to liberty and security provided by the country’s constitution. He has been in jail since November 2016

Opposition MPs expelled Turkey Turkish parliament expels three opposition MPs convicted for dissident acts 

Two of the MPs from the pro-Kurdish HDP have been convicted of belonging to a “terrorist organization” and the other from the Republican People’s Party has been persecuted for providing information to a journalist

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