US human rights report criticizes Turkey’s judicial system, notes progress on cultural rights

from Hurriyet Daily News

The U.S. State Department has expressed criticism on the human rights situation in Turkey.

 

Turkey: Amid Islamic Revival, What Right to Freedom from Religion?

from EurasiaNet.org – Turkey by k_kumkova

 

The recent conviction of Turkish virtuoso pianist Fazil Say on charges of blasphemy is sending a troubling message to secular Turks that the Turkish government values religious expression only if it conforms to authorities? views on religion.

 

10,000 tea workers walkoff in Black Sea

from Hurriyet Daily News

The workers of the General Directorate of Tea Enterprises (Çaykur) started a strike today.

 

Turkey condemns ?blasphemy?, Fazil Say given 10-month sentence

from Reset Dialogues on Civilazations

After long legal proceedings involving the Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk and novelist Elif Şafak, once again Turkey hits the headlines with news of a court order against one of the most illustrious personalities of the country – pianist Fazil Say. Virtuoso musician, he has played with some of the most important philharmonic orchestras in the world, including Tokyo?s, New York?s and Berlin?s. Proceedings against Say started last October when a prosecutor acted on complaints by individuals who said they had been offended by the musician?s comments on his Twitter account.

 

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Turkey: On Murder Anniversary, Doubts Remain Over Christians? Safety

from EurasiaNet.org – Turkey by k_kumkova

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On April 18 each year, a small group gathers at a cemetery in the city of Malatya in eastern Turkey to sing hymns and recite prayers at the grave of German missionary Tillman Geske

 

Turkish commander jailed for blast that killed seven soldiers

from Hurriyet Daily News

Brigadier General Zeki Es, who was tried for his alleged role in a mine blast in Turkey?s eastern province.

Istanbul’s Taksim Square closed for May Day events

from Hurriyet Daily News

Istanbul?s iconic Taksim Square will be closed to May Day celebrations this year, Interior Minister

 

Is Turkey Overcoming The Armenian Taboo?

Al-Monitor

The organizers were forced to hold the conference in a tense atmosphere at Bilgi University, a private institution, instead of at a state university as originally planned. Also that year, Orhan Pamuk, Turkey’s only Nobel Prize-winning novelist, told

 

Turkey over 90,000 euros by Euro court

from Hurriyet Daily News

The European Court of Human Rights has fined Turkey close to 100,000 euros for..

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