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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

Ibrahim Gökçek death Turkey Second member of persecuted Turkish leftist folk band dies, days after ending hunger strike

Ibrahim Gökçek’s death follows the deaths of another band member along with an ally in April, who were both also on hunger strikes to protest the state persecution of the band stemming from the crackdown carried out by the Turkish government in retaliation to the failed 2016 coup

Prisoners release law Turkey Turkish parliament approves law for prisoners’ release amid COVID-19 crisis

The law passed by the Turkish parliament on April 14 enables the government to sanction the release of certain categories of prisoners in order to decongest jails and contain the risk of them turning into hotspots of the coronavirus pandemic

Ceasefire in Syria faces fresh challenges

On March 19, two Turkish soldiers were killed in an attack in Syria by Al-Qaeda affiliated rebels. Newsclick’s Prabir Purkayastha talks about the options before Turkey, the future of the March 5 ceasefire and the steps the Syrian government may take.

Turkish soldiers in Syria Two Turkish soldiers killed and several wounded in attack by opposition forces in Syria

The Turkey-Russia ceasefire deal signed on March 5 to halt the attempt by the Syrian government forces to liberate Idlib province is not supported by the militant groups backed by Turkey

Refugee crisis Turkish blackmail worsens situation for refugees

The Turkey-Greece borders are on alert as Turkey allows thousands of refugees to cross over to Europe. The move is being viewed as an attempt by the Turkish government to blackmail the European Union (EU) to support its imperialist designs in the Syrian conflict

Syria Idlib Syrian offensive kills 33 soldiers of the invading Turkish forces in Idlib

Tukey recently increased the size of its invading army inside Syria after the Syrian government forces started an operation to liberate the territory and end the 9-year-old war in the country

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