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Turkey: Law to Increase Tax Revenues Adopted

(Dec. 28, 2017) On December 5, 2017, Turkey’s Law No. 7061 on the Amendment of Some Tax Laws and Some Other Laws, which was adopted on November 28, 2017, was published in the Official Gazette (Resmi Gazete). Aspects of the Law become effective on various dates. (Bazi Vergi Kanunlari ile Diger Bazi Kanunlarda Degisiklik Yapilmasina […]

Turkey: Ban on LGBTI Group Gatherings in Capital Province

(Dec. 27, 2017) A press release issued on November 19, 2017, by the Governorship of Ankara Province in Turkey announced an indefinite ban as of November 18 on certain events held by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) non-governmental organizations. (Yasaklama Kararına Iliskin Basin Duyurusu [Press Release Regarding Prohibition Decision] (Press Release), Ankara Governorship […]

Turkey: Bill Authorizing Muftis to Perform Civil Marriages and Amending Civil Registration Rules

(Oct. 2, 2017) On July 25, 2017, the Turkish government submitted draft legislation to the Grand National Assembly (Turkey’s parliament) containing a controversial provision that would grant muftis – Sunni civil servants employed in the country’s Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) – the authority to perform civil marriages. (Mahmut Bozarslan, Bill Allowing Turkish Muftis to […]

Turkey: More Emergency Decrees Issued

(Sept. 8, 2017) On August 25, 2017, the Turkish government issued two new emergency decrees, numbers 693 and 694. Decree Law 693 continues the pattern in earlier decrees of providing for the dismissal of public servants and the closure of institutions and organizations deemed to be a threat to national security or affiliated with terrorist […]

Turkey: New Emergency Decree Laws Issued

(May 11, 2017) On April 29, 2017, Turkey published two new emergency decree-laws, numbers 689 and 690, in the country’s Official Gazette, bringing the total number of such laws issued since the failed coup attempt in July 2016 to 24.  (Ashley Hogan, Turkey Removes 3900 from Civil Service Positions on Alleged Terrorist Links, PAPER CHASE […]

Turkey: Government Blocks Wikipedia

(May 3, 2017) On April 29, 2017, in accordance with Law No. 5651 on the regulation of Internet publications, Turkey’s Information and Communication Technologies Authority (ICTA), under the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications, issued an administrative order blocking all language editions of the Wikipedia website in Turkey.  (Akira Tomlinson, Turkey Blocks Wikipedia as […]

Turkey: Regulation on Turquoise Card System for Skilled Foreign Workforce

(Apr. 3, 2017) On March 14, 2017, Turkey’s regulation on the Turquoise Card System was published in the country’s official gazette.  (Turkuaz Kart Yönetmeligi [Turquoise Card Regulation], RESMI GAZETE [Official Gazette], No. 30007 (Mar. 14, 2017), Mevzuat online legal database; Turquoise Card Regulation (Regulation) (Mar. 14, 2017), Turkish Labor Law website.) The new system seeks […]

Turkey: Court Rules that Child Can Be Exempted from Compulsory Religious Classes

(Mar. 30, 2017) It was reported on March 15, 2017, that a court in Turkey’s southern province of Antalya had issued a decision stating that “compulsory religion classes are ‘openly against the law.’” The ruling was in response to a complaint filed by an atheist family seeking to have their child, “E.D.,” exempted from compulsory […]

Turkey: Three New Decree-Laws Issued Under State of Emergency

(Jan. 11, 2017) Three new decree-laws pursuant to Turkey’s state of emergency were published in the country’s official gazette on January 6, 2017.  Decree-Law 679 provides for additional dismissals of thousands of civil servants, police officers, armed forces personnel, and university professors and staff; at the same time, over 200 individuals who had been dismissed […]

Turkey: State of Emergency Extended Another Three Months

(Jan. 10, 2017) On January 3, 2017, the Grand National Assembly (GNA, Turkey’s parliament) voted to extend the state of emergency in the country for an additional three months. Emergency rule had been approved by the GNA on July 21, 2016, and took effect on July 21 for three months; it was then extended for […]