The European Union has approved sending Turkey €485 million for ensuring urgent humanitarian aid to refugees. “The EU will support refugees in Turkey as long as the humanitarian needs persist. This new funding shows our deep concern for the most vulnerable, especially now that the coronavirus has further exacerbated their already dire situation," Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic said.
The mosaics and frescoes in Istanbul's Hagia Sophia will reportedly be covered up with laser lights, as Turkish authorities are making preparations for the opening of the museum-turned-mosque. Erdoğan's spokesperson İbrahim Kalın commented on the issue, saying that the religious iconography will be preserved, adding that they will remain "untouched" for the viewing of people of all faiths.
Diyanet head Ali Erbaş has urged the opening of of an Islamic school in Hagia Sophia following its conversion into a mosque on July 10. "I think the decision is very meaningful. May it host a lot of worshippers. Praying in it is not enough, there should be a madrasah [Islamic school] in it," Erbaş said on July 11 in the Black Sea province of Rize.
Turkey's parliament passed a law on July 11 on changing the structure of bar associations. The law was passed with 251 votes in favour in the 600-seat parliament, with only 417 deputies voting. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has 291 seats in the assembly, while its ally Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) have 49 seats.
President Erdoğan has said that it is a "great concern" for words that fuel animosity towards Islam "to be used freely." Erdoğan made the comments on July 11 while marking the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide.
Lawyers have fled a complaint with Turkey's judicial board HSK against a prosecutor for deeming sending regards to former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş as a proof of “terrorist organization membership.” In a phone call with his lawyers, jailed former DBP chair Mehmet Arslan asked them to send many greetings to Demiraş as well as two other jaled former HDP MPs, Abdullah Zeydan and Sebahat Tuncel.
On the second anniversary of Turkey's transformation into a presidential system, the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) has prepared a report detailing how the country stands in the ensuing years, finding that the Turkish lira has lost four times its value since 2007.
A video showing President Erdoğan saying prior to 2019 local elections that he had not “lost his direction as to get played into” opening Istanbul's iconic Hagia Sophia for worship was widely circulated on social media on July 11 -- a day after the president handed over the iconic structure’s control to the country’s Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet).
Turkey's Nobel prize-winning novelist Orhan Pamuk has criticized the Turkish government's decision to convert Hagia Sophia into a mosque, saying: "To convert it back to a mosque is to say to the rest of the world unfortunately we are not secular anymore."
The Istanbul Convention, an international initiative that aims to combat domestic violence against women, has led to fractures within the ruling AKP as one of the party's lawmakers has said that she is puzzled why the convention has come under attack after so many years. AKP MP Canan Kalsın asked why the convention turned into a “scapegoat” nine years after it was signed in Istanbul.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is expected to carry out a cabinet reshuffle and rearrange ministries. Erdoğan might part ways with three to four ministers, sources told Duvar, adding that two ministries, including the Family and Social Services Ministry, might be divided into two.
The İsmailağa Congregation's demand for taking Turkey out of the Istanbul Convention for “Preventing Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence" has been taken into consideration by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkish journalist Murat Yetkin claimed. Yetkin said that Erdoğan aims to test the waters by stating that Turkey would indeed let go of the Istanbul Convention “if people want to".
Jailed former HDP co-chair Demirtaş has advised opposition parties to expand their discourse beyond anti-AKP rhetoric, saying: "The time is no longer speaking about the AKP, but the future." Demirtaş has also advised all opposition parties to partake in the same events such as forums, panel discussions and conferences and address Turkey's problems there.
The main opposition CHP’s proposal calling for an investigation into last week's deadly explosion at a Sakarya fireworks factory has been rejected by the votes of the AKP and MHP lawmakers.
HDP deputies have protested a bill on decentralizing bar associations via reading Molierac's words in parliament. "While performing our duties, we adhere to nobody; not to the client, not to the judge and nor to the government. We do not claim that there are people below our level," they said.