The Foreign Ministry has summoned Sweden’s chargé d’affaires in Turkey, upon a claim from Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom that Turkey had legalized sex with underage children

Chemical castration of sex offenders in Turkey condemned by women’s groups

Women’s Solidarity Foundation fears new law overlooks root causes of gender violence and warns physical punishment could lead to increased abuse

Women’s rights groups, lawyers and doctorshave condemned Turkey’s decision to introduce a mandatory chemical castration programme for convicted sex offenders, arguing the treatment does not address the underlying reasons for widespread violence against women, and that bodily punishment will instead lead to increased abuse.

Turkey’s Education Ministry has asked educational institutions throughout the country to collect and destroy any books related to the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ), Turkish news website Duvar reported Aug. 14
Ankara has been campaigning diplomatically since the failed July 15 coup attempt to inform other countries about the activities of U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, who it says was behind the coup plot
At a meeting in Saint Petersburg Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan have declared an end to their dispute after the shooting down of a Russian fighter jet last autumn. Commentators discuss whether the two can overcome their differences in policy over Syria.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu accused the European Union of “humiliating” Ankara, and reiterated his government’s demand for visa-free travel in exchange for stemming the migrant flow, in an interview with a German daily

Turkish singer Sıla’s concerts canceled after democracy rally remarks

Turkish singer Sıla Gençoğlu’s concerts in four provinces have been canceled over her remarks on the Aug. 7 democracy rally in Istanbul in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt which she described as a “show.”
The concerts of singer Sıla Gençoğlu who has declared that she would stand by her words criticizing the Democracy and Martyrs Rally and added “Aren’t we talking about democracy? So I have told my opinion” have been cancelled in four cities.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has criticized European leaders for failing to show solidarity with Turkey during a recent coup attempt, while instead they raised concerns about the rule of law.
Singer Sıla Gençoğlu has said, “I am watching in a state of shock and a bit of sorrow at what a point the words I said, relying on democracy, to justify my decision not to attend the democracy meeting have come to.”
Turkey slams a top U.N. human rights official for saying Ankara should stem its ‘thirst for revenge’ after a failed coup attempt

Turkey: Cumhuriyet editor Dundar resigns in wake of coup

Turkish journalist Can Dundar who faces jail on controversial secrecy charges resigns as editor of the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper.

Friends again

What does the recent meeting between the Russian and Turkish leaders say about the state of relations between the two countries?

President Erdoğan invited the CHP and MHP to meet to discuss steps to be taken in the wake of the coup. The HDP, as at the rally, was excluded.

Kemal Kilicdaroglu leader of Republican People’s Party (CHP) delivers a speech during a Democracy and Martyrs’ Rally in Istanbul, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. Emrah Gurel / Press Association. All rights reserved.As the implications of last month’s coup attempt continue to shake Turkey, opposition-government relations in the country are undergoing a complete shift. While much attention has been cast on how rapprochement between the opposition and the AKP has created an atmosphere of unity in Turkey that could dissolve social polarization, little attention has been cast on the negative implications this may have.

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