Why the Pope’s comments on the Armenian Genocide caused outrage in the Turkish establishment

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Pope Francis (left) meets with Turkish President Erdogan earlier this year.

Who would have thought that the humble words of a man who always seeks reconciliation between peoples and peace of mind could cause so much ado both on an international and political scale? Well, that’s what happened to Pope Francis during a Sunday Mass at Saint Peter’s Basilica earlier this month when declaring the killings of Armenians as the first genocide of the 20th century, which consequently ignited Turkey’s anger. Continue reading “Why the Pope’s comments on the Armenian Genocide caused outrage in the Turkish establishment”

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“We do not do any work on LGBT citizens’ human rights” claims Turkey’s Ministry of Justice

Mahmut Tanal (Image: Bursa24)
Mahmut Tanal (Image: Bursa24)

The Turkish Ministry of Justice is coming under fire today after a leaked response from ministry staff claimed that the government body did not have any plans to work with Turkey’s LGBT population. Continue reading ““We do not do any work on LGBT citizens’ human rights” claims Turkey’s Ministry of Justice”

Turkey: Gay inmates neglected basic human rights

LGBT prisoners in Turkey are being refused some basic human rights it has been revealed, according to a report published earlier this week. The news was discovered after gay inmates complained to members of the country’s opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) during a visit to one prison held in December. According to prisoner reports gay inmates have been refused several of their human rights by … Continue reading Turkey: Gay inmates neglected basic human rights