University students convicted of insulting Erdoğan denied dormitory facilities

The Turkish government has banned students convicted of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan from state dormitory facilities, according to a new regulation announced in the Official Gazette on Friday.

The decision follows a changes made to the Youth and Sports Ministry legislation concerning dormitory services, which states that students sentenced to six or more months in jail over crimes will be dismissed from the facilities.

Accordingly, students convicted of "insulting the president,’’ as well as "degrading state institutions and or organs,’’ among other crimes, during their stay at dormitories will be dismissed from the facilities.

Insulting the president is a crime according to Article 299 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK) and carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison.

The Turkish government has been using social media posts, cartoons, news reports and other articles as evidence for charging people with insulting the president. And the number of cases has increased dramatically since Erdoğan assumed office in 2014.