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Venice Commission recommends Turkey not enact controversial article of ‘disinformation’ bill

The Venice Commission, the Council of Europe’s advisory body on constitutional matters, has recommended in an “urgent joint opinion” with the Human Rights and...

AKP submits bill stipulating prison sentence for disseminating fake news online

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has presented to parliament a bill that paves the way for sanctions, including a prison sentence of...

Draft law viewed as attempt to protect pro-gov’t companies from criticism

In a move interpreted as an attempt to save pro-government companies from criticism, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to introduce...

Women’s rights activists slam government proposal to combat gender-based violence as ‘inadequate’

Women’s rights activists have criticized a government proposal to combat gender-based violence, saying it was inadequate to protect women and lenient on perpetrators of...

Turkish lawyers criticize government proposal seeking restrictions on alimony

Turkish lawyers in an interview criticized a government proposal to restrict the duration of alimony, saying it aimed to stop women from seeking divorce,...

Turkey’s ruling AKP to submit bill to avert stockpiling amid skyrocketing prices

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is preparing to submit legislation designed to avert stockpiling of goods amid the country’s ongoing price hikes...

Turkish parliament passes bill allowing prisoners’ phone calls to be wiretapped

A bill proposed by Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) amending the Law on the Execution of Sentences and Security Measures, which allows...

Erdoğan calls French separatism bill ‘guillotine’ of democracy

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Wednesday denounced a planned French law designed to counter "Islamist separatism" as a "guillotine" of democracy, Agence France-Presse...

Refugee family’s newborn stranded in hospital until family pays bill

A hospital in İstanbul has refused to discharge the newborn baby of a refugee family for the past four months because the family has...

AKP bill requiring security investigation for state employment rejected by opposition

A 16-article bill proposed by Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) which stipulates that applicants be required to undergo a security investigation and...

Erdoğan puts intense pressure on NGOs with controversial new law

Alin Ozinian Turkey’s parliament on Dec. 27 passed a controversial bill that increases the monitoring of associations and foundations. Six out of the law’s 43...

Turkish Parliament approves bill feared to paralyze civil society

The Turkish Parliament has approved a controversial bill that would increase government control and monitoring of civil society groups and put freedom of association...

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