India’s response was muted, with no reiteration of its long standing position on East Jerusalem being the future capital of Palestine.
Merkel had previously said that the rule of law in Turkey was “moving in the wrong direction”, in a reference to the large-scale purge that Recep Tayyip Erdogan has carried out following a failed coup attempt in July 2016.
“‘Give us the pastor back’, they say. You have one pastor as well. Give him (Gulen) to us,” Erdogan said.
How else are we to explain Turkey’s ambition to take the lead in the current crisis and champion the voice of the Rohingya Muslims internationally?
Around 50,000 people have been jailed pending trial and 150,000 suspended from work and stripped of basic human rights since the failed July 2016 coup
The emergency powers grants Erdogan sweeping powers, allowing him to bypass the parliament to enact new laws and suspend rights and freedoms as he sees fit.
Erdogan’s conservative AKP has doubled religion class hours, removed evolutionary theory from classrooms and shut down universities in his bid to raise a “pious generation”.
Erdogan said his visit would “mark a historical turn of tide” and hailed “outstanding relations” between the nations.
Though there was no formal protest, several students have opposed Jamia’s move citing “ongoing human rights violations in Turkey”.
Supporters welcome the move as a guarantor of stability at a time of turmoil while opponents see as a step towards an authoritarian state.
More than 100,000 people had already been sacked or suspended and 37,000 arrested since the failed coup attempt in July.
Turkey’s penal system has raised concern among rights groups as it struggles to cope with the influx of thousands who have been detained in the aftermath of the attempted putsch.
Erdogan condemned Western for failing to show solidarity with Turkey over the recent failed coup.
A Turkish official has reported that Erdogan wants control over the armed forces, in yet another move to consolidate his power after the failed coup.
The unique design of Turkey’s educational institutions may answer why Erdogan is going after the country’s academics.
Erdogan is continuing his crackdown on the military faction and media outlets that supported the coup. Turkey claims the coup was orchestrated by Gulen’s followers.
Since a failed coup on July 15, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) founded by President Tayyip Erdogan has gained the upper hand in its battle with clandestine networks in the military, judiciary and bureaucracy loyal to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.