Category - Turkey

  • April 16, 2013

    The conviction of a renowned Turkish pianist for “denigrating Islam” on Twitter sends a “chilling” message to social media users in the country, Amnesty says.

  • March 29, 2013

    Up to 600 Syrian refugees have reportedly been deported by the Turkish authorities in a move that shows a shocking disregard for their safety.

  • March 29, 2013

    Cyprus has a special place in my heart, as I spent many years living there as I built up my professional legal, and later ecumenical, career.

  • February 16, 2013

    A campaign has been launched to quash a life sentence which has been given to a Turkish anti-militarist by an Istanbul court.

  • November 4, 2012

    Describing another personal Armenian-Turkish encounter, Dr Harry Hagopian feels that "it is important for us Armenians nearing the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide in 2015 to start distinguishing ordinary Turkish men and women from Turkish officialdom or many of its politicised institutions let alone from Turkey and Azerbaijan."

  • April 20, 2012

    The World Council of Churches has welcomed Turkish rejection of the Saudi Arabian Grand Mufti endorsing the destruction of Christian churches.

  • December 31, 2011

    December 2011 was characterised by two key Armenian events - one in France and another in Israel. In France, the National Assembly (he lower house of parliament) approved a draft law that would criminalise the denial of the Armenian genocide. Dr Harry Hagopian questions this approach. The horrific scale of the crime means this sensitive issue becomes laden with profound moral, ethical, legal, political and psychological implications, he says, recommending a pan-Armenian strategy.

  • November 21, 2011

    With developments relating to Syria proceeding fast, Middle East expert, churches' adviser, lawyer and Ekklesia associate Dr Harry Hagopian has been on Al Jazeera (English) again, offering an up-to-date assessment of where things are - not least in relation to Turkey's role and to the stance of the Arab League.

  • October 27, 2011

    The Red Cross and Red Crescent are cooperating to help the tens of thousands of people left homeless by the Turkey earthquake.

  • September 12, 2011

    The patriarchs of three ancient Orthodox Christian churches have met in Istanbul to discuss the situation of Christian minorities in the Middle East.