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More pressure on UK government to recognise North Cyprus Covid vaccination certificates

Scottish MP Drew Hendry is the latest politician to press the British government on recognising Covid-19 vaccination certificates issued by the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC). The Shadow SNP (Scottish National Party) Spokesperson for Trade tabled a question in Parliament asking the Foreign Secretary Liz Truss on “what assessment her Department has made of […]

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Petition demands Waltham Forest council leader resigns over “racist statement” against Turkish Cypriots

Outraged British Turkish Cypriots have launched a petition calling for the leader of an East London council to resign over a “deeply offensive, racist statement” she made, along with a decision to ban the flag of the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC). Councillor Grace Williams, who heads the Labour-run Waltham Forest Community, ordered the […]

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Remembrance Sunday and Turkish Cypriots – Britain’s Forgotten Soldiers

This year marks the centenary of the Royal British Legion, a charity providing financial, social and emotional support to members and veterans of the British Armed Forces, their families and dependants. It is fitting therefore that on Remembrance Sunday, 14 November 2021, the Royal British Legion is reaching out to a group little recognised for […]

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“This will cost Sir Iain support” – Turkish backlash after Chingford MP Iain Duncan Smith backs Armenian Genocide bill

Conservative politician Sir Iain Duncan Smith has landed himself in hot water with British Turks after it emerged he supported the introduction of a new bill calling for the First World War massacres of Armenians in Anatolia to be recognised as a “genocide”. Ayşe Osman, head of the UK’s Turkish Cypriot umbrella body CTCA, has […]

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The boy who met Diana: fundraising in memory of journalist Mustafa Köker’s son Mehmet Buğra

When 14-year-old Mehmet Buğra Köker met Princess Diana at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital early in 1997, he had already overcome a dozen major operations, including two kidney transplants. A chronic kidney disease sufferer, Mehmet campaigned relentlessly to raise awareness about the illness and the need for more organ donors, becoming a poster boy for […]

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Anti-Turkish bias: BBC called out for misleading claims on Turkey during its COP26 coverage

A BBC report on Turkey’s environmental record has been criticised for using “out of date” information. Reporting from the COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg mistakenly placed Turkey in the same bracket as major polluters China and Russia, and also wrongly tweeted that “Turkey is one of the countries that […]

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Erdal Redjep’s ‘Cards and Coffee’ image shortlisted for Everyday Muslim photography competition

A photograph by a British Turkish Cypriot has been shortlisted in the Everyday Muslim photography competition, which aims to document the lives of Britain’s diverse Muslim communities. Titled “Cards and Coffee”, the photograph by Erdal Redjep shows an elderly group of Turkish Cypriot men gathered around a table at a local community centre in London […]