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Governor’s Office bans LGBT Pride March in Istanbul

Governor’s Office bans LGBT Pride March in Istanbul

Istanbul Governor’s Office has announced that it will not allow the LGBT Pride March, which was set to take place on June 25 in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, citing security concerns and public order

Comment(s)6/24/2017

Beşiktaş mayor apologizes for municipality’s Freddie Mercury tweet marking LGBT Pride Week

Beşiktaş mayor apologizes for municipality’s Freddie Mercury tweet marking LGBT Pride Week

The mayor of Istanbul’s Beşiktaş district has apologized over a tweet shared on the municipality’s Twitter account celebrating Pride Week

Comment(s)6/20/2017

Court rejects release demand of jailed hunger striking Turkish educators

Court rejects release demand of jailed hunger striking Turkish educators

An Ankara court rejected the release demand of jailed Turkish educators who have been on hunger strikes for 108 days

Comment(s)6/23/2017

Turkish woman files petition for re-arrest of released assailant

Turkish woman files petition for re-arrest of released assailant

A 21-year-old woman who was attacked by a man in Istanbul on the grounds of “wearing a mini skirt during Ramadan” has applied to the prosecutor’s office for her assailant to be re-arrested, after he was released following his testimony at the police station

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New law will give jail terms to animal torturers: Turkish minister

New law will give jail terms to animal torturers: Turkish minister

Those who torture animals will face prison terms in the future, according to the Forestry and Water Affairs Minister Veysel Eroğlu, who heralded new regulations on animal rights including more severe punishment for mistreatment of animals

Comment(s)6/23/2017

Euro court fines Turkey 54,000 euros for discrimination against Alevi foundation

Euro court fines Turkey 54,000 euros for discrimination against Alevi foundation

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled on June 20 that the Turkish government must pay compensation amounting to 54,000 euros to an Alevi foundation on the grounds of religious discrimination.

Comment(s)6/20/2017

Travel bans of novelist Erdoğan, linguist Alpay lifted

Travel bans of novelist Erdoğan, linguist Alpay lifted

A court on June 22 lifted foreign travel bans imposed on one of Turkey’s leading contemporary novelists, Aslı Erdoğan, and linguist Necmiye Alpay after they were put on trial on charges of “supporting terrorist groups.”

Comment(s)6/22/2017

Journalists’ trial over alleged Gülen links starts

Journalists’ trial over alleged Gülen links starts

Seventeen suspects, including jailed journalists Nazlı Ilıcak, Ahmet Altan and Mehmet Altan, for the first time appeared before court in Istanbul on June 19

Comment(s)6/19/2017

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