On 23 November 2016, all of the members of a Turkish band dubbed Grup Yorum were arrested late night. Although the official statement regarding the band members’ arrest was not released yet, they were arrested on grounds of resisting and cursing law enforcers, and being members of the outlawed far-left militant group Revolutionary People's Liberation Party/Front (DHKP-C), according to BBC Turkce.
Middle East Eye published an article written by Alex MacDonald entitled ‘Prospects for peace in Turkey growing bleak, HDP leader tells UK MPs.’ The article largely focuses on the speech of Ertugrul Kurkcu, a deputy for Turkey’s Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), to the British parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee.
A new motion regarding an amendment on criminal procedure was passed in the parliament on 16 November 2016. The motion, which sparked a lot of speculation, reads as follows:
In the crimes of sexual abuse committed before 16 November 2016 and in the absence of force, threat, trickery, restriction of free will, the verdict based on penal law will be suspended in the case of marriage of the victim and the perpetrator.
On 1 November 2016, an editorial published in the New York Times claimed that sectarianism might thrive if Turkey plays any role in the US-backed military operation to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul from DAESH.
On 29 October 2016, a statutory decree that abolished rector elections, which were held to inform the president of Turkey about the general tendency of the academic cadre of a university as he made an appointment, was released in the Official Gazette. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will now appoint rectors directly. But what changed with the new regulation?