A group of lawyers in Istanbul and Ankara have come together in an attempt to form separate bar associations in the provinces. However, as their numbers have not yet reached 2,000, they have lost their chance to send delegations for elections of the Union of Turkish Bar Associations (TBB) which is set to be held in October.
Turkey's media watchdog RTÜK has slapped opposition TV station Tele1 with a five-day black screen broadcast ban over statements critical of the Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) and Ottoman Sultan Abuldhamit II. Opposition leaders have slammed RTÜK for its move, saying that this is an "attack on free press and people's freedom of information."
HDP co-chair urges ECHR head to reconsider decision to receive honorary doctorate from Istanbul University
HDP co-chair Mithat Sancar has criticized ECHR head Robert Spano over his decision to accept an honorary doctorate in law from Istanbul University, emphasizing that Turkey has been severely violating its obligations under the ECHR.
MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli has said that Turkey should restore the death penalty since “there is no other option to fight against crimes and criminals that surpass the threshold of fear.” "With the opening of Turkish parliament on Oct. 1, 2010, our nation's expectations should be met with the consensus of our lawmakers, and baby killers, perverts, scums and rapists should receive the sentences they deserve,” Bahçeli said in a written statement on Sept. 2.
Ruling AKP deputy Tamer Akkal on Sept. 2 tweeted an insulting message targeting former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş and his two daughters, a day after the jailed Kurdish politician's wife said Demirtaş has not been allowed to see both of his children together since the outbreak of the COVID-19. After Akkal's tweet has received widespread criticism, he claimed that one of his advisers had published the content “accidentally” via his official account.
President Erdoğan on Sept. 1 called for the expulsion of lawyers from the profession should they be accused of links to "terrorism." Erdoğan's comments came after a picture of lawyer Ebru Timtik was hung outside the headquarters of the Istanbul Bar Association. Timtik died in an Istanbul hospital on Aug. 27 after a 238-day hunger strike with a demand for a fair trial.
MP Atay says Interior Minister Soylu is ‘AKP’s mob leader’ following brawl over rapist sergeant’s release
MP Barış Atay has said that Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu is the ruling AKP's "mob leader" as he is using his power as a means of oppression to "discard of Kurds, socialists, Alevis, leftists and everyone who thinks in a democratic way." Atay's comments came after he was attacked on Aug. 31 by a group of unidentified assailants following Soylu's comments targeting him.
Former presidential candidate for main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Muharrem İnce has revealed a tour bus for his new "movement." İnce will start to tour the country on Sept. 4 for his "The Country in 1,000 Days Movement."
Turkey’s opposition parties are currently trying to decide between fielding their own separate presidential candidates or coalescing behind a joint candidate to run against Erdoğan in the upcoming elections, sources told Gazete Duvar. As for the parliamentary elections, there are also different scenarios on the table for the opposition. The Nation Alliance might expand to include the newly founded Future Party and DEVA, or a third alliance under the leadership of İYİ Party might arise.
Turkish Workers Party (TİP) deputy Barış Atay was attacked early on Aug. 31 by unidentified assailants following Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu's comments targeting him. Atay filed a criminal complaint at the prosecutor's office regarding the attack, saying in this testimony: "The perpetrator of this incident is Süleyman Soylu." Meanwhile, opposition politicians, slammed Soylu, with the hashtag #BarisAtayYalnızDeğildir (which translates as 'Barış Atay is not alone') going viral on Twitter.
Minister Soylu says deputy Atay ‘would be a perfect rapist’ upon criticism on not arresting rapist soldier
Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has said that Turkish Workers Party (TİP) deputy Barış Atay would be "a perfect rapist" after the lawmaker criticized him over the fact that a specialized sergeant was not arrested over sexual assault even though the existence of plenty of evidence. He also addressed Atay as a "leftover" of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party/Front (DHKP-C).
After turning Hagia Sophia, Chora into mosques, Turkish gov’t looking to promote churches, synagogues
After converting the Hagia Sophia and Chora Museum into mosques, the Turkish government is now preparing to promote the country's churches and synagogues in an attempt to polish its tarnished image. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan instructed his executives to have a publicity booklet prepared describing Turkey's churches and synagogues, daily Hürriyet reported.
Lawyers Newroz Uysal, Faik Özgür Erol, Cengiz Yürekli and Mazlum Dinç have submitted their application to Bursa Chief Public Prosecutor's Office to be able to meet imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan. This is the 100th application of the lawyers since their last meeting with their client on Aug. 7, 2019.
Several cans of roasted meat supplied by the Turkish Red Crescent (“Kızılay”) have been spotted in a Tatvan hotel that is co-owned by AKP lawmaker Cemal Taşar and his brother Battal Taşar, according to a local news report.
MHP deputy chair Feti Yıldız has announced that he launched a legal work to make the criteria for the formation of new political parties more difficult. Yıldız described the newly founded parties as “bargaining parties,” claiming that they have been damaging the democracy. Yıldız's statement came as the AKP-MHP alliance has been preparing to amend the Political Parties Law.