Ankara governor bans LGBT-themed festival

The Ankara Governor’s Office has banned an LGBT event and notified organizers the day before its scheduled beginning, the Bianet news website reported. The 12th...

Turkey’s top court declines to issue new ruling on jailed MP stripped of seat

Turkey’s Constitutional Court has declined to issue a third ruling in the case of a jailed opposition politician who was stripped of his parliamentary status last...

CHP mayoral candidate draws ire with discriminatory remarks toward refugee children

A candidate for mayor of a district in Ankara from the main opposition Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) has attracted criticism for discriminatory remarks he...

Turkish parliament censors MPs speaking minority languages

Several MPs who attempted to mark UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day on Wednesday by giving speeches in minority languages in Turkey’s parliament were censored...

Turkish prosecutors contradict each other on Saturday Mothers vigils

Two Turkish prosecutors have made contradicting decisions concerning separate but identical protest vigils held by the Saturday Mothers activist group, with one prosecutor deciding...

Sexually harassed underage female employee told by boss to ‘get used to it’

A female high school student who was allegedly subjected to sexual harassment while working at a logistics firm in İstanbul was told by her...

Lost mail prevented judge’s petition challenging Erdoğan’s candidacy from reaching ECtHR

A former judge who was removed from the bench after filing an appeal against the nomination of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as a presidential candidate in...

Judicial crisis: Top court ruling again ignored after repeated defiance of appeal judges

The decisions of Turkey’s highest court are being systematically disregarded by both the Supreme Court of Appeals and, increasingly, the local courts, deepening the...

Turkish lawyer faces up to 3 years in prison due to remarks on Islamic...

Turkish prosecutors are seeking a prison sentence of up to three years for a lawyer who was briefly detained earlier this week for insulting Sharia, the...

Top Greek court rules for extradition of Erdoğan foe to Turkey

The top appeals court of Greece has rejected an appeal filed by a Turkish businessman, a political enemy of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, against...

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