The visit to Turkey of Robert Spano, the President of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has caused much concern amongst democrats, academics and people who have suffered from the crackdown here.
Turkish authorities on Sept. 7 detained Iranian activist Maryam Shariatmadari on the grounds that "her visa had expired," but a day later released her. Shariatmadari fled Iran in 2018, a year after she was sentenced to prison for her vocal criticism of the country's hijab mandate.
There is a need for a segment that will wear the outfit shown at the podium in Hagia Sophia in neighborhoods. The soul and the spirit that has been infused into the AKP government has to have reciprocity in the streets. The sword at the Hagia Sophia mosque opening will turn into a stick if needed.
A historic building in Istanbul's neighborhood that up until recently housed the Istanbul Office of the Secretariat General for EU Affairs has been transformed into a restaurant and shisha cafe. “There couldn't be a better example of spatial transformation that explains Turkey's political transformation,” wrote urban sociologist Yaşar Adanalı on Twitter posting before and after photos of the building.
Turkey's Human Rights Association (İHD) has called for the release of Eylem Oyunlu, who is currently behind bars in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır on charges of 'assisting a terror organization' with her two young children. Oyunlu's 3-week-old baby is suffering from a blocked tear duct and the two-year-old has chronic bronchitis.
A biomass power plant in the northern province of Samsun was sealed May 11, weeks after multiple courts ruled for a halt in operations. Locals who have been protesting the plant's operations noted that the gendarmerie failed to seal the facility for days after the court rulings.
Turkish authorities have been trying to clear a protest camp at a mine project in Turkey's Kaz mountains citing the Covid-19 pandemic. The government has imposed an administrative fine of $8,000 on a group of activists who have been camped in the surrounding forest for the last 288 days.