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Draft law proposal allowing muftis to register marriages stirs debate in Turkey

Draft law proposal allowing muftis to register marriages stirs debate in Turkey

A proposal to allow “muftis,” religious civil servants within Diyanet, to register and conduct marriages has stirred controversy in Turkey, with many rights organizations as well as CHP and HDP criticizing the issue

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Turkish Council of State hands down historic decision on electricity expenses of cemevis

Turkish Council of State hands down historic decision on electricity expenses of cemevis

Turkey’s Council of State has ruled in a landmark decision that the state should cover the electric expenses of “cemevis,” Alevi houses of worships that are not officially recognized by the state

Comment(s)7/25/2017

Turkish hunger-striking educators examined in hospital at Euro court’s request

Turkish hunger-striking educators examined in hospital at Euro court’s request

Imprisoned educators Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça received medical check-ups in an Ankara hospital on the 140th day of their hunger strikes at the request of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), daily Cumhuriyet reported on July 26.

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Turkish daily Cumhuriyet journalists, executives go on trial in Istanbul

Turkish daily Cumhuriyet journalists, executives go on trial in Istanbul

Seventeen executives and journalists from daily Cumhuriyet, including the newspaper’s editor-in-chief Murat Sabuncu, Ahmet Şık, Kadri Gürsel and cartoonist Musa Kart, went for the first time on trial on July 24 with terror-related accusations in the 27th Heavy Penal Court in Istanbul

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Journalist Ahmet Şık slams state of emergency measures in third hearing of daily Cumhuriyet case

Journalist Ahmet Şık slams state of emergency measures in third hearing of daily Cumhuriyet case

Journalist Ahmet Şık slammed measures taken in the wake of the last year’s failed coup attempt in his first testimony in the case of daily Cumhuriyet journalists and executives on July 26

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OSCE says it closely follows trials on Cumhuriyet journalists

OSCE says it closely follows trials on Cumhuriyet journalists

The start of the trial against journalists and board members of the daily newspaper Cumhuriyet highlights the urgent need to protect journalism and improve media freedom in Turkey, Harlem Désir, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media stated.

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Trial of Turkish daily Cumhuriyet journalists, executives continues on second day

Trial of Turkish daily Cumhuriyet journalists, executives continues on second day

The trial of seventeen executives and journalists from the daily Cumhuriyet, including the newspaper’s editor-in-chief Murat Sabuncu, Ahmet Şık Kadri Gürsel and cartoonist Musa Kart, went on to its second day on July 25.

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Detention warrant issued for four rights activists previously released in Istanbul

Detention warrant issued for four rights activists previously released in Istanbul

An Istanbul court on July 21 issued a detention warrant for four human rights activists who had previously been released on probation after having been accused of aiding a terror group.

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