On 10 March 2016, Mort Abramowitz and Eric Edelman, both former US ambassadors to Turkey, published an article in the Washington Post and claimed that “tens of thousands of children, including religious minorities, have been forcibly sent to Islamic schools or subjected to mandatory Islamic religious education” in Turkey under the rule of the ruling Justice and Dev
On 18 March 2016, The Independent's Lizzie Dearden wrote a news article and claimed that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that democracy, freedom and the rule of law have absolutely no value in a meeting held at Turkey’s presidential complex on 16 March 2016.1
On 19 March 2016, the Jerusalem Post claimed that “an official from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling AK Party tweeted she wished the Israelis who were said to be wounded in Saturday’s Istanbul suicide blast were dead. The Jerusalem Post claimed so-called official of the AK Party named Irem Aktas is the “head of the party’s media relations and women’s outreach department."1
The AFP (Agence France-Presse), the third largest press agency in the world, wrote on 9 March 2016 that Turkey’s First Lady Emine Erdogan praised harems as a “school for women”.
On 15 February 2015, in the Guardian newspaper, Cihan Tugal published an article in which he claimed that Turkey opened its borders to Syrian refugees but didn’t do more to welcome them.1 He alleged that the refugee camps in Turkey are in terrible shape and Syrians have to beg in the inner cities. He also alleged the spread of Syrians has polarised Turkish society. He wrote: