Turkey

  • November 23, 2016

    An executive decree issued yesterday by the Turkish authorities has ordered the permanent closure of 375 non-governmental organisations under state of emergency powers.

  • October 7, 2016

    The closure of eight independent news and current affairs-focused TV channels effectively ends critical television news reporting in Turkey, says Human Rights Watch. The channels are among 23 television and radio stations reported by the media to face closure on the basis of a Turkish government decree.

  • July 21, 2016

    As the sweeping crackdown in Turkey following a failed coup continues, Amnesty International has warned that purges are being extended to censor media houses and journalists, including those critical of government policy.

  • July 19, 2016

    Human rights in Turkey are in peril following the coup attempt which resulted in the deaths of at least 208 people and almost 8,000 arrests, says Amnesty International.

  • May 16, 2016

    British pacifists have urged opponents of war to become “conscientious objectors” by challenging militarist values and attitudes in everyday life.

  • March 17, 2016

    Christian Aid has warned that unless the European Union takes greater action in response to the scale of the refugee crisis, more people will risk their lives in order to leave Greece, where some 40,000 people are currently stranded.

  • February 10, 2016

    The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced yesterday (9 February) that it has started distributing urgently needed food to people displaced by the recent surge in violence in Aleppo.

  • February 9, 2016

    Tens of thousands of people displaced by joint Russian and Syrian government attacks in the north of Syria must be allowed to cross the border to safety in Turkey, Amnesty International said amid reports that thousands of people are waiting at border gates that remain closed.

  • January 16, 2015

    A criminal investigation has been launched against one of Turkey’s largest daily newspapers for “insulting religious values” in relation to Charlie Hebdo reporting.

  • January 8, 2015

    On the centenary of the beginning of the terrible Armenian genocide in 1915, can Turkey show the good will and good faith needed to repair and repopulate the destroyed Armenian nest, asks Ekklesia associate and regional expert Dr Harry Hagopian. Can it act so that its hitherto legal denial of a human truth does not breed further oppression, but challenges it instead?