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Hürriyet Daily News - Turkey | 12/11/2015

AKP punishing population in Kurdish areas

For ten days now a curfew has been in force in the city of Silvan in south-eastern Turkey because of clashes between the Turkish military and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). This situation is unacceptable, the liberal Hürriyet Daily News fumes: "The digging of trenches, usually accompanied by barricades with armed [PKK] militants standing behind or declarations of autonomy and de facto self-rule, cannot be accepted in a sovereign state. But what is also unacceptable is the total punishment of citizens in the clash zones during the struggle against armed militants. ... Keeping thousands of people under curfew for days, depriving them of basic resources or putting tanks on the streets will not help the country's fight against terrorism but will only give the PKK a tool of propaganda. If the AKP's solution for the problem is not the 'annihilation of all Kurds,' it is time to end the 'fight fire with fire' strategy and ensure the security of all the country's citizens."

Hürriyet Daily News - Turkey | 29/10/2015

Those who don't support AKP persecuted

Shortly before the elections Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the AKP are making yet another brutal attempt to intimidate their opponents, the liberal daily Hürriyet Daily News criticises: "For the last couple of days, Turkey has seen the worst of what a democratic parliamentary system turns into when those in power bend laws as they please in the absence of any kind of checks and balances. ... The seizure of Koza İpek days before a crucial election on Nov. 1 is nothing but an intimidation of everybody, including big businesses, who dare to criticize, or do not openly support the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its de facto leader, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The message is simple: Support us, do what we tell you to do, or I will confiscate everything you have and no one can do anything."

Hürriyet Daily News - Turkey | 18/09/2014

Turkey forcing religion on children

The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday that religious education in Turkey is discriminatory because it fails to respect the religious beliefs of minorities. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has responded by saying that the practice in Turkey's schools constitutes prevention against religious radicalism. The liberal Hürriyet Daily News disagrees: "The curriculum in Turkey is nothing like the 'religion and ethics education' its name suggests. It only teaches the Sunni way of practicing religion, and students are required to memorize many surahs, chapters of the Quran, often performing the namaz [ritualistic prayer] in classes to get a pass grade. .. . Forcing a religion or a political view on children is not acceptable even when it is done by parents, but doing this through state institutions is a clear violation of the most basic rights. The government should stop sugarcoating it as a tool to fight radicalism and end the practice immediately."

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