Despite pandemic, the establishment as usual: crackdown on HDP municipalities; local journalists intimitated, political prisoners are left to their fates…

Friday Prayer was performed in a single mosque, Beştepe Mosque, in this way.


Following the orders of the university’s rector, a field harvesting local seeds and plants at Pamukkale University in the province of Denizli was recently bulldozed.

The field, which was created with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture and the EU, was bulldozed for the purpose of creating a social facility. Students assembled in front of the bulldozers for the purpose of saving the field.

Like all governments around the world, the Turkish government has a number of tough calls to make during this time of public health turned economic crisis. The trade-off is straightforward. Governments must keep an eye on two curves. The first one shows the number of infected patients. That curve is a function of the number of people tested on daily basis. So it may or may not increase depending on the number of tests that are being undertaken. Yet official figures are now somewhat irrelevant.

Turkish authorities detained mayors of five municipalities in the southeastern provinces as part of a widening government crackdown against the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), the party’s co-chair said.

Detained over a news report on coronavirus outbreak in Turkey, İsmet Çiğit, the editor-in-chief of a local newspaper from Kocaeli, says, “I know that the news is true. The state wanted to intimidate. But we now only report on official statements.”
Human Rights Watch – Mar 23, 7:56 AM

The risk the coronavirus pandemic poses to staff and inmates in Turkey’s vastly overcrowded prisons has prompted the government to accelerate a plan to substitute prison time with alternatives such as early parole and house arrest. While a welcome

A legal action has been taken against 316 social media users who shared images or voice records about Covid-19. The total number of probed social media accounts has hit 1,748.
Evin Jiyan Kışanak, Hülya Oruç, Zeynep Mızraklı, Mehmet Altan and Özge Terkoğlu slam the 3rd Judicial Reform Package for excluding political prisoners from reduced prison sentences to be introduced by the amended legal regulation on execution.
Turkey on March 23 launched TV-based distance learning for around 18 million primary, secondary and high-school students, with Education Minister Ziya Selçuk giving the first lecture as he advised families to create the necessary conditions for their children at home.
Turkish state-run television broadcast an animated video of the hanging of a Turkish prime minister…
Around 150 foreign journalists in Turkey have been forced to wait for more than two months for the…
In the past ten years, Turkey’s foreign policy has experienced major shifts in alliances. While it bolstered its relations with some countries, it undermined other alliances. For the past five years in particular, Turkey’s close ties with Russia and other countries in the East has drawn it away from NATO and the EU.

Yet amid rising tensions with Russia in Syria, the question arose of whether Turkey has any real allies on the international stage. At Tü, we asked our respondents to rate the following countries and international organizations based on how much they trust them.

Turkey Steps Back From Confrontation at Greek Border

The country is winding down an aggressive two-week operation to move tens of thousands of migrants to its frontiers. But relations with Greece and Europe have suffered.

Who’s who in Babacan’s party?

Neşe İdil / Duvar English

Former deputy prime minister Ali Babacan filed the application to found his long-awaited opposition party on March 9, with the list of the founders including 90 individuals.

Being one of the founding members of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Babacan announced his resignation eight months ago over “deep differences.”

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