Turkey: Statement on mayors suspended for terror links

Turkey: Statement on mayors suspended for terror links

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Turkey’s Interior Ministry Monday released a statement in three languages over the recently suspended mayors for their alleged terror links in the east and southeast of the country.The mayors of southeastern Diyarbakir and Mardin and eastern Van provin…

Diyarbakir Bar: We Invite All Bar Associations to Diyarbak?r on September 2

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After several bar associations, the Diyarbakir Bar Association has also rejected the invitation for the opening ceremony of the new judicial year at the presidency in Bestepe. The Diyarbakir Bar Association responded with a written statement to the inv…

istanbul Mayor Says Dismissal of HDP Mayors ‘Unacceptable’

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Imamoglu has criticized the dismissal of the mayors of Diyarbakir, Van and Mardin. Ekrem Imamoglu, the mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), has reacted to the Interior Ministry decision t…

DiyarbakIr Bar Association Chair: Mayors’ Removal From Office a Coup Against Judiciary

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Commenting on the decision on the dismissal of three metropolitan mayors, Diyarbakir Bar Association Chair Aydin has said, “Their legal status is the same as before the election. That hasn’t changed. This is a coup against the judiciary.” Politicians a…

Dismissal of HDP Mayors: Statements by Righths and Professional Organizations

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The Association of Contemporary Lawyers (CHD), the Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects (TMMOB), the Lawyers for Democracy, the Human Rights Association (IHD) and the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TIHV) have released statements on…

Joint Statement by 28 Bar Associations Against Removal of Mayors from Office

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28 bar associations have released a joint statement and announced the removal of elected Metropolitan Mayors of Diyarbakir, Mardin and Van from office. Turkey has once again woken up to a lawless morning, the bars have stated. After Metropolitan Mayors…

HDP: Put an End to Detentions Devoid of Any Legal Grounds

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Making a statement about the recent house raids and detentions targeting the HDP, HDP MP Basaran has said, These political operations devoid of any legal grounds have been damaging human rights and freedoms to a dangerous extent. Peoples’ Democratic Pa…

From izmir Bar to Supreme Court of Appeals: We Wish You Also Become Free

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Izmir Bar Association has refused to attend the new legal year opening ceremony that will be held by the Supreme Court of Appeals in the Presidential Complex. If you ask us, don’t go that hall, either, Izmir Bar has told the Supreme Court. Being invite…

Time for Climate Crisis in Turkey

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Ahead of the UN Climate Summit which Turkey will participate in, a major new scientific study on the climate plan (INDC) presented by Turkey under the Paris Agreement has been published. It is less than two months away from the United Nations Climate A…

Istanbul Bar: Legal Year Opening Ceremony at Presidency Conflicts with Ethical Principles

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After the Izmir Bar Association, the Istanbul Bar has also announced that they will not attend the legal year opening ceremony at the Presidential Complex in Ankara. After the Izmir Bar Association has announced that they will not attend the new legal …

Albayrak: Agricultural Credit Cooperatives are not Agricultural Producers or Farmers

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Minister of Treasury and Finance Albayrak has answered the Parliamentary question of CHP MP Gurer, who asked why the loan rates of Agricultural Credit Cooperatives are around 23-24 percent despite the decree stipulating an 8-percent loan rate. Minister…

Forest Fires in Bal?kesir and ?stanbul

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Forest fires have broken out in Marmara Island and Alacam Mountains in Balikesir and in Burgazada in Istanbul. The fire extinguishing efforts of fire brigade teams are continuing. Forest fires have erupted In the district of Dursunbey and Marmara Islan…

Turkey to ‘resolutely’ continue drilling in E. Med: VP

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Turkey will resolutely continue its drilling activities in Eastern Mediterranean, Vice President Fuat Oktay said on Sunday. Now, Fatih, Yavuz, and Barbaros drilling vessels are in the region. Oruc Reis is sailing to the region. Our determination at thi…

Turkey’s Syriac Christians hail government initiatives

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Despite a rising tide of racism and xenophobia across the globe, Turkey remains an exception with its democratic reforms and respect-based policies towards non-Muslim minorities in the country, particularly since the early 2000s. The latest example of …

Turkey: Court upholds 16 FETO life sentences

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Turkey’s Supreme Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld life sentences for 16 Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) members.Fourteen defendants received aggravated life sentences, while two had life sentences.Adem Huduti, Former 2nd Army Commander was gi…

Syria peace corridor important for Turkey: Top diplomat

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The Syria peace corridor agreed by Ankara and Washington is a security issue of crucial importance for Turkey, said Turkish foreign minister on Friday.Mevlut Cavusoglu’s remarks came at a lunch gathering with businessmen, members of some NGOs and stude…

Court Decision to Block bianet Made ‘by Mistake’, 135 Addresses Still Banned

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The Gendarmerie General Command requested an access block on bianet “by mistake” and applied to the court for the removal of the order, it has been revealed. The Ankara 3rd Penal Judgeship of Peace is revealed to have made the decision to block access …

Monitor: Turkish Court Prohibits 136 Websites

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A Turkish court has banned 136 websites and social media accounts mainly belonging to organizations and people critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government, a monitoring group said Tuesday, fueling criticism of state censorship.Bianet, a for…

5,000-Year-Old Human Skeletons Found in Eski?ehir

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Two human skeletons dating back to approximately 3,000 B.C. have been unearthed during the excavations in Turkey’s Central Anatolian province of Eskisehir. Two human skeletons have been found in Kulluoba Mound in the district of Seyitgazi in Turkey’s C…

“Our region has been the heart of the conscience of humanity throughout history”

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Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Syriac Orthodox Mor Efrem Church, President Erdogan said: We are a nation which has been ruling over this region for almost a millennium, and Istanbul for 566 years. Throughout this long history, our regio…

Wanted PKK terrorist surrenders in eastern Turkey

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A senior-level PKK terrorist on Turkey’s official wanted list surrendered after she was persuaded by Turkish security officials, the Interior Ministry said in a statement on Friday.The ministry identified the terrorist as Selma Oguz, codenamed Rojen Di…

Regulation on censorship against internet publications published on Official Gazette

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The regulation, authorising the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTAK) with monitoring internet publications, was published on the official gazette. According to the regulation, media service providers wanting to present their publications on the …

Court of Cassation reverses penalty against Prosecutor delaying “Back to Life Operation” investigation

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The one-year imprisonment sentence against prosecutor Ali Ihsan Demirel due to misuse of duty after delaying the investigation conducted on the Back to Life Operation against prisons on December 19-22, 2000 was reversed by the Criminal General Assembly…

Prosecutor’s Office calls SETA report targeting journalists “freedom of expression”

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The criminal complaint made against the report, International Media Outlets’ Extensions in Turkey by the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA), concluded with non-prosecution. Media and Legal Studies Association (MLSA) has made …

IPI and MLSA launch “Case Monitoring Report”

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The case monitoring report, prepared by the International Press Institute (IPI) in collaboration with Media and Legal Studies Associaton (MLSA), was launched for the lawsuits between the dates, February 20 � May 31, 2019. 86 hearings of 492 defendants …

Migration Management: ?stanbul Closed to Registration Due to Dense Refugee Population

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“We have taken action against 12 thousand irregular immigrants in the last 15 days,” Migration Management head Ayaz has said. Abdullah Ayaz, the Director-General of the Ministry of Interior Migration Management, has said that the recent measures agains…

MP Meets Academics for Peace: ‘Violated Rights Should be Returned’

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Utku CakirAlzer from the main opposition CHP has said that all the academics must return to their schools after the Constitutional Court ruling in a visit to the “street university” run by the discharged academics. Utku CakirAlzer, an MP of the Republi…

Dink Family Appeals to Supreme Court of Appeals

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Lawyers of Dink family have appealed to the Supreme Court of Appeals, indicating that the defendants should have been convicted of membership or leadership of an armed terrorist organization, not membership of an armed criminal organization. The Istanb…

4 Turkish Nationals Freed After Nigeria Kidnapping

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Four Turkish citizens have been freed a week after they were kidnapped at gunpoint in Nigeria, the police said. Police said they had “successfully secured the release” of the men on Friday and that no ransom was paid to the kidnappers.Spokesman Frank …

Constitutional Court Rules for Annulment of 2 Statutory Decrees Enacted as Laws

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Announcing its judgement regarding the requests for annulling five statutory decrees, the Constitutional Court has concluded that cancelling the passports of the ones whose partners’ passports are cancelled is against the Constitution. The Constitution…

Turkey: New member of Constitutional Court takes oath

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Selahattin Mentes took oath as a member of Turkey’s Constitutional Court on Thursday after being appointed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Constitutional Court head Zuhtu Arslan in his speech at the ceremony held in the Supreme Criminal Court Hall (…

‘Turkey not to bow to sanctions on its drilling activities’

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Turkey will never bow to the EU Foreign Affairs Council sanctions and pressures declared “against Turkey’s drilling activities in Eastern Mediterranean”, the country’s vice president said on Saturday. Fuat Oktay’s remarks came at an event to mark the 4…

Inmate Denied His Right to Phone Call, Constitutional Court Says ‘Violation of Right’

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Announcing its ruling on convict Amit Balaban, whose request for phoning her daughter at the weekend instead of weekdays was rejected, the Constitutional Court has concluded that his right to respect for family life has been violated. Convict Amit Bala…

Prison Sentences for HDP’s K??anak, Tuncel Overturned

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The Gaziantep Regional Court of Justice has overturned the prison sentences given to former Diyarbakir Mayor Gultan Kisanak and former HDP MP Sebahat Tuncel. Both politicians’ arrest will continue. The 18th Penal Chamber of the Gaziantep Regional Court…

Artist Zuhal Olcay’s Prison Sentence for ‘Insulting the President’ Upheld

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The Supreme Court of Appeals has upheld the prison sentence of 11 months, 20 days given to artist Zuhal Olcay on charge of insulting the president. Artist Zuhal Olcay previously stood trial on charge of “insulting the president” on the allegation that …

Trabzon Attack: KRG Calls on Turkey to Release Kurdish Tourists

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The Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government has released a statement on the lynch attack against its citizens, calling Turkey to release tourists from detention. The Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has released a statement on the lynch attack aga…

Turkey’s northwest struggles with flash floods

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Wednesday’s flash flood stranded many people in northwestern Turkey after blocking roads and causing heavy damage to the buildings.On late Wednesday, Cumayeri, a district of the northwestern Duzce province, was hit by heavy rainfall which triggered lan…

Turkish, German top diplomats discuss E. Mediterranean

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Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Thursday had a phone call with his German counterpart, according to the former’s diplomatic source.Cavusoglu and German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass discussed Eastern Mediterranean and Syria issues, said the…

Constitutional Court Restricts Authority of Council of Higher Education

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Constitutional Court has ruled for the annulment of the article authorizing the Council of Higher Education Chair to directly launch an investigation against academics. It undermines scientific autonomy and exceeds inspection authority, it has conclude…

‘?stanbul Convention is Women’s Right to Life’

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Actress Deniz Turkali, journalist Irem Afsin and academic Prof. Dr. Feride Acar have spoken to bianet about the recent attack against the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. After Felic…

A Journalist Who Has Served His Life in Prison: Huseyin Aykol

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He was detained, tortured, served years and years in prison. He continued doing journalism. He has been arrested again at the age of 63. Journalist Huseyin Aykol continues being the voice of truth from prison. The dawn is about to break in Ankara. I wo…

Bar Association: ‘Mines and Explosives Around Dersim Should Immediately be Cleared’

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Dersim Bar Association has released a written statement on the killing of two children because of unexploded ordnance in the countryside. Citing the governorship statement that said the explosive was an improvised explosive device, the bar association …

Conscientious Objector I??k Acquitted of ‘Alienating People from Military Service’

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Charged with alienating people from military service for posting the messages Don’t go into the army, but go to disco and All deserters are my heroes, conscientious objector Ali Fikri Isik has been acquitted. Charged with “alienating people from milita…

Turkey: S-400 missile defense deployment continues

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Turkey on Wednesday continued to receive components of Russian S-400 missile defense systems at the Murted Air Base in Ankara.Delivery of the long-range air defense systems continued, with 14 shipments have so far landed in Turkey over last six days.Fo…

Turkey Begins to Receive S400s: Here are the Five Things You Need to Know About It

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Amid a long-standing spat with the US, Turkey has finally received the first batch of the equipment of the S-400 air defense systems from Russia. Here is what you need to know about it. The delivery of the S-400 air defense systems to Turkey has finall…

Turkey commemorates diplomat gunned down in Brussels

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Turkey on Sunday commemorated a diplomat who lost his life in 1983 in Brussels, gunned down by an Armenian terrorist on the street outside his home. Dursun Aksoy was born in 1944, in the village of Islamkoy in the southwestern Turkish province of Ispar…

Survivors of Religious Persecution to Share Stories in Washington

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The U.S. State Department is making the advancement of religious freedom a foreign policy priority, with survivors of religious persecution representing North Koreans, Rohingyas, Uighurs and Yazidis invited to highlight the urgency of the problem at a …

Journalist Huseyin Aykol Arrested

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Former Co-Editor-in-Chief of the closed Ozgur Gundem newspaper Huseyin Aykol has been arrested and sent to Sincan Prison for the execution of his prison sentence of 3 years and 9 months, which was previously upheld by the court of appeal. Huseyin Aykol…

‘My Struggle for Freedom of Press and Expression will Continue’

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Elected to the Supreme Board of the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTAK), media ombudsperson Faruk Bildirici said, I have always defended freedom of press, expression and thought. I will, naturally, continue my efforts in that direction.” An ele…

Turkey: Chaldean Christians restoring church in SE

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With their hometown cleared of terrorist elements, Chaldean Christians in southeastern Turkey have returned to restore their local church.Eight Chaldean families were forced to leave their home in the 1990s due to escalating terror in the region, but t…

Red fairy chimneys lure tourists in eastern Turkey

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The red fairy chimneys with their impressive and surreal structures near Erzurum city in eastern Turkey, have become vital destination for domestic tourists, a tour company official said on Thursday. The process of formation of impressive cluster of ta…

Turkish, Greek sides of Cyprus joined by cell service

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Ushering in a new era of connectivity on Cyprus, Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders made phone calls to each other on Thursday to publicize cellphone interoperability across the island. Today, the leaders announced the implementation of the interoperabi…

Turkish security forces neutralize 3,800 terrorists

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Over the last two-and-a-half years, nearly 3,800 terrorists have been neutralized by Turkish security forces, according to an Anadolu Agency data analysis.The analysis of official data found that 3,790 PKK terrorists were neutralized in 230,823 inland …

Turkey helping Iraq’s water projects

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Veysel Eroglu, Turkey’s special envoy to Iraq, on Thursday chaired a meeting to discuss an action plan to solve water related issues in Iraq. Addressing a meeting in the Turkish parliament, Eroglu, who is also forestry and water affairs minister, said…

Firefighters battling to contain fire in SW Turkey

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Firefighters are battling to contain a forest fire which erupted in southwestern Turkey.The fire broke out on Wednesday in Dalaman, in the Mugla province, for unknown reasons and has so far burned some 350 hectares of forestland, the Agriculture and Fo…

Turkey: 14 nabbed over fraud for terrorist group Daesh

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At least 14 people have been taken into custody in Turkey’s southern Adana province on suspicion of fraud for the terrorist organization Daesh.The suspects were collecting illegal taxes by threat, force, and violence for Daesh, the counter-terrorism br…

Turkey’s world share in aquaculture rises: Minister

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Turkey’s aquaculture sector has a significant share in the world production, the country’s agriculture and forestry minister said on Wednesday. Speaking at 3rd Global Fishery Forum and Seafood Expo in St. Petersburg, Russia, Bekir Pakdemirli said since…

Fifteen-Year-Old Girl Released After 12-Day Detention

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The girl who was detained with his family has been released with a ban on leaving the country. The girl, her parents and siblings were detained in a terror investigation.Urfa Bar Association Chairperson Abdullah Oncel told bianet that the child was sen…

HDP to Send a Member to Radio and Television Supreme Council After 2 Years

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As terms of office of three members of the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTAK) have ended, polls will be held at the General Assembly of the Parliament and the HDP will send a member to the RTAK after almost two years. An election will be held …

Second Criminal Complaint Against SETA Report on Journalists

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The Media and Law Studies Association (MLSA) has filed a criminal complaint against the SETA report on journalists working in international media outlets on a series of charges including inciting the public to enmity and hatred. The Media and Law Studi…

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