A 12-year-old boy was shot dead in Cizre in southeast Turkey on Wednesday, the sixth person to be killed in the largely Kurdish town in the last three weeks, security sources said. The spate of killings risk undermining confidence in a two-year-old peace process between the government and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a militant group that has waged a three-decade insurgency in pursuit of .
A district office of the Diyarbakır Provincial Education Directorate has controversially released the names and personal information of a total of 872 youths who were involved in crime or subjected to sexual harassment on its website.
The European Parliament has criticized the Dec. 14, 2014 operation against TV stations and newspapers with alleged links to Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, in a joint motion that is set to be voted on Jan. 15.
Trucks have crashed Turkey’s democracy in a traffic accident for free speech today.Police raided the printing press of Turkish daily Cumhuriyet at midnight and temporarily halted trucks to prevent the distribution of its Jan. 14 edition, which included a four-page selection of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo in an act of solidarity for sake of free speech.
A 14-year-old who was allegedly shot dead by police in the southeastern district of Cizre on Jan. 6 was directly targeted, according to a report prepared by the Şırnak Bar Association’s Human Rights Center.
Turkey’s Directorate General for Religious Affairs (Diyanet) has announced that accepting prizes won through gift draws is acceptable in Islam, though it has repeatedly stated that the lottery classifies as gambling and is against Islam.