According to new @FreedomHouseDC report “Turkey faces largest decline in freedoms in 2016”

Turkey suffered the largest decline in freedoms among 195 countries over the past year, an annual report published by the Washington-based Freedom House showed on Jan. 31.


A Turkish Alevi foundation has released a list of suggestions that was submitted to the Education Ministry on Jan. 30 to demand that officials include lessons on their faith in religious classes amid changes to the country’s curriculum.

How unsolved murders serve power struggles in Turkey
In Ergenekon and Sledgehammer, however, some potentially credible aspects were diluted with the addition of fabrications, as a result of which innocent officers were arrested and expelled from the army. After the AKP-Gulen fallout, higher courts

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has likened last year’s bloody coup attempt to the forced closure of the Ottoman Parliament (Meclis-i Mebusan) by occupying forces in the aftermath of World War I.
Dissident members of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) have announced that they have formed a group to campaign to vote “no” in the upcoming referendum on shifting Turkey to an executive presidential system.
DBP, DTK, HDK, HDP, and Free Women’s Movement have issued a joint declaration against the constitutional amendment draft to be put to referendum.

President Erdoğan expected to hold 40 rallies during referendum campaign

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is expected to travel 40 cities across Turkey to hold rallies during the campaign for the upcoming referendum and to “explain what constitutional changes will bring about for Turkey,” sources told daily Hürriyet over the weekend.
Voting “yes” in the upcoming constitutional change referendum could be interpreted as support for the country’s fight against terror, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş stated

Over 130,000 public reviews pour in for Turkey’s controversial draft education curriculum

Over 130,000 reviews have been made from the public for the Education Ministry’s new education curriculum draft, which was opened to revisions and contributions after its announcement on Jan. 13.
CHP Party Assembly Member, legist Sera Kadıgil has been detained due to a tweet she posted.
Being detained and sent to court for arrest on charge of “inciting people to hatred and hostility” in a tweet she posted, CHP Party Assembly Member, legist Sera Kadıgil has been released on probation. “Despite all, justice, freedom and ‘no’”, Kadıgil said while leaving the court.

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