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Factual mistakes in US Department of State report on Turkey

On 21 April 2018, the US Department of State released the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. The report on Turkey included several factual mistakes and provided incomplete information.

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Top 5 false claims about presidential system in Turkey

Turkish people went to the ballot boxes on 16 April 2017 and voted in favor of moving to a presidential system.

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Motivations of Turkey’s Afrin Operation

Turkey launched the Operation Olive Branch together with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) on 20 January 2018 in Syria’s Afrin region in order to ensure its border security and eradicate the YPG.

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Claim: Police can detain anyone without a court order in Turkey

An opinion piece by Soner Cagaptay published on

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Claim: Turkish president isolated internationally

On 7 December 2017, an article on a diplomatic visit that will be paid by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Er

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HDP deputies attend PKK funerals

Deputies of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) have attended the funerals of PKK militants multiple times although the party members claim that they do not support the PKK, which is designated as a terrorist organization by the US, the EU, NATO a

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HDP deputies support PKK

HDP deputies have openly provided support to the outlawed PKK. They have attended their events, delivered speeches in which they praised the terror-listed organization and went as far as threatening Turkish state officials.

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