Some were not interested in losing their power and corrupt privileges. Others preferred to continue their religious life with a “straw God”.
The opposition calls to invalidate the result of the constitutional referendum and the OSCE says it was not a “genuinely democratic process.” Christians in the country have been increasingly targeted under the pro-Muslim President.
The Turkish President continues inflammatory rhetoric against EU leaders. April referendum could expand his powers.
Plans for a new constitution would make it easier for the head of state to order a state of emergency. The post of Prime Minister could be abolished.
Nationals of Germany, Belgium and France among victims of New Year’s Day attack. In Turkey, 300 people were killed in terrorist attacks in 2016.
Rev. Andrew Brunson has been serving in Turkey for 23 years. After being detained for 64 days, he now faces “terrorism” charges and alleged links with the Fetullah Gulen movement.
MEPs criticise the alarming lack of freedoms after the failed coup attempt in July. Christians in the country denounce growing pressure on churches.
An increasing atmosphere of Islamic triumphalism in the wake of the coup could potentially put pressure on Christians or increase the threat level for them in Turkey, but for now that threat isn't present.
More than 230 are wounded. Turkish officials have confirmed 13 foreign nationals were killed in the attack. All signs point to Daesh .
David Byle could be detained with no charges for 30 days. The Interior Minstry defines him as a “threat to public order.”
After a strong appearence in June’s election, pro-Kurdish HDP loses many seats. Evangelicals hoped to see a more plural parliament.
After four elections, AKP has failed to maintain its majority. The pro-Kurdish HDP secured seats in parliament for the first time.