Turkey

Coordinates: 39°N 35°E / 39°N 35°E / 39; 35

Turkey (i/ˈtɜːrki/; Turkish: Türkiye [ˈtyɾcije]), officially the Republic of Turkey (Turkish:  Türkiye Cumhuriyeti ), is a parliamentary republic in Eurasia, largely located in Western Asia, with the smaller portion of Eastern Thrace in Southeast Europe. Turkey is bordered by eight countries: Syria and Iraq to the south; Iran, Armenia, and the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan to the east; Georgia to the northeast; Bulgaria to the northwest; and Greece to the west. The Black Sea is to the north, the Mediterranean Sea to the south, and the Aegean Sea to the west. The Bosphorus, the Sea of Marmara, and the Dardanelles (which together form the Turkish Straits) demarcate the boundary between Thrace and Anatolia; they also separate Europe and Asia. Turkey's location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia makes it a country of significant geostrategic importance.

Turkey has been inhabited since the paleolithic age, including various ancient Anatolian civilizations, Aeolian, Dorian and Ionian Greeks, Thracians, Armenians, and Assyrians. After Alexander the Great's conquest, the area was Hellenized, a process which continued under the Roman Empire and its transition into the Byzantine Empire. The Seljuk Turks began migrating into the area in the 11th century, starting the process of Turkification, which was greatly accelerated by the Seljuk victory over the Byzantines at the Battle of Manzikert in 1071. The Seljuk Sultanate of Rûm ruled Anatolia until the Mongol invasion in 1243, upon which it disintegrated into several small Turkish beyliks.

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After the Battle Against Coronavirus is Over: What World Will We Live in?

Yahoo Daily News 05 Apr 2020
"The potential for widespread social unrest in countries that have not provided a social safety net for those losing their jobs during this crisis strikes me as very real, with possible repercussions for governance and more," said Joshua Geltzer, visiting professor of law at Georgetown University....
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What will the world look like after Covid-19?

RTE 05 Apr 2020
"The potential for widespread social unrest in countries that have not provided a social safety net for those losing their jobs during this crisis strikes me as very real, with possible repercussions for governance and more," said Joshua Geltzer, visiting professor of law at Georgetown University....
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After the virus: What world will we live in?

Deccan Herald 05 Apr 2020
"The potential for widespread social unrest in countries that have not provided a social safety net for those losing their jobs during this crisis strikes me as very real, with possible repercussions for governance and more," said Joshua Geltzer, visiting professor of law at Georgetown University....
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Bail in the time of coronavirus

Dawn 04 Apr 2020
Unfortunately, neither our courts nor our laws of bail respect this basic principle of human rights and modern jurisprudence ... But we need not debate reform of bail laws here ... Turkey is passing laws to halve prison sentences (except for serious offences) and allow release of up to 100,000 prisoners....
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Erdogan issues confinement order for under-20s

The Siasat Daily 03 Apr 2020
Turkey has registered over 20,000 coronavirus cases, 425 of which have been fatal ... Turkey’s first medical professional dies of COVID-19 ... But it excludes convicted murderers, sexual offenders and narcotics criminals, as well as political prisoners charged under Turkey’s controversial anti-terrorism laws....
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COVID-19 ‘risks turning a prison sentence in Turkey into a death sentence:’ HRW

Kurdistan Media 03 Apr 2020
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Turkish prisoners convicted under broadly-enforced antiterrorism laws who have relevant existing health issues should be included in government plans for early release or house arrest amid the deadly coronavirus pandemic, said Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday....
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Turkey urged to include political prisoners in virus release law

Arab News 03 Apr 2020
Human Rights Watch on Friday called on Turkey’s government to include political prisoners in its draft law to release tens of thousands of prisoners as a safety measure against the coronavirus outbreak ... political prisoners charged under Turkey’s controversial anti-terrorism laws....
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Turkey: COVID-19 Puts Sick Prisoners at Grave Risk

Human Rights 03 Apr 2020
The government’s draft law is due to be voted on in ... One is serving a sentence of aggravated life imprisonment (life without parole), which exempts him from any release under Turkey’s laws, including the Law on the Execution of Sentences and Security Measures (article 25)....
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Istanbul mayor criticises coronavirus coordination with Erdogan

Middle East Online 03 Apr 2020
Turkey's government has announced measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 from shutting schools, banning mass prayers, suspending international flights to restricting intercity trips ... "No one is above the law in Turkey," he said, taking aim at those who are "trying to dynamite" the government's initiative to raise money....
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Pandemic changes lifestyles

American Press 02 Apr 2020
Staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic that seems to get worse instead of better in recent days, isn’t too difficult ... Joe, my son-in-law, likes to cook, and I was treated to red beans and rice and a pork gravy dish over rice at lunch one day ... Edith, my daughter-in-law, makes great turkey burgers, and I have eaten at their house a few times ... ....
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Turkish Prisoner Release Bill Sparks Concern Among Rights Activists

Voa News 02 Apr 2020
Human rights advocates say that while it is necessary to look for ways to reduce the prison population in the middle of the pandemic, this decision comes within the existing political and legal context in Turkey, which allows the government to use its anti-terrorism laws arbitrarily to target political dissents....
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Turkey: Prisoners' release law must not discriminate

Amnesty 31 Mar 2020
Amid growing concerns over the spread of COVID-19 in Turkey’s overcrowded and unsanitary prisons, the health and lives of prisoners and staff are at increased risk ... EUR 44/2058/2020 Turkey Date ... EUR 44/2058/2020 Turkey Date ... According to its commitments under international human rights law, Turkey is under a clear obligation to take necessary....
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Rights groups urge Turkey to free jailed activists amid pandemic

Press TV 31 Mar 2020
Earlier this month, Turkey introduced a law that would pave the way for the release of nearly 100,000 prisoners, accounting for nearly one-third of Turkey’s prison population, amid the deadly virus pandemic ... A total of 2,327 defendants have been handed life sentences in cases related to the 2016 failed coup attempt in Turkey....

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