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Turkey: Wiretapping of Jurists Ruled Out

(Dec. 31, 2009) It was reported on December 29, 2009, Turkey's Council of State has ruled against a law that would have permitted the Justice Ministry to wiretap judges and prosecutors. The decision of the Council was unanimous and applied to article 98 of the regulation that establishes the responsibilities and methodology of the Turkish […]

Turkey: Jurisdiction of Military Courts Decreased

(Aug. 28, 2009) On June 26, 2009, the Parliament of Turkey enacted Law No. 5918, on Amendments to the Turkish Penal Code and Other Laws. The President of Turkey, Abdullah Gul, approved the Law, which became effective on July 9, 2009. The Law was passed in order to limit the jurisdiction of military courts to […]

Cyprus; European Union; Turkey: Cyprus Sets Stumbling Blocks to Turkey’s Accession Negotiations

(July 27, 2009) The negotiation process for Turkey's eventual membership in the European Union involves the harmonization of 33 chapters (individual subject areas of law) with the EU's acquis communataire (complete body of law). The 2008 Progress Report on EU membership prepared by the European Commission states that the EU has opened negotiations with Turkey […]

Turkey: Long-Awaited Ratification of Kyoto Protocol

(Feb. 24, 2009) On February 5, 2009, the Parliament of Turkey, in a vote of 243 to 3, approved a bill on the country's participation in the Kyoto Protocol, after the Cabinet had signed the agreement. The law entered in force on February 17, upon its publication in the official gazette (RESMI GAZETE). Pressure applied […]

Turkey: Headscarf Decision Published

(Oct. 27, 2008) On October 21, 2008, Turkey's Constitutional Court announced the reasoned decision of its ruling issued on June 5, 2008, that reversed recent parliamentary legislation that would have allowed Islamic headscarves to be worn on university campuses. The decision was published in the country's OFFICIAL GAZETTE [Resmî Gazete] on October 22, 2008 (No. […]

Turkey: Website Bans to Continue

(Oct. 14, 2008) Speaking on October 8, 2008, at an international technology meeting in Istanbul, Turkey's Transportation Minister, Binali Yildirim, said that the practice of banning websites deemed to have inappropriate content will continue. “Practices are needed to protect young people and the public at large from harmful material online,” he stated. Since the adoption […]

Turkey: Controversial Criminal Code Provision Amended

(May 2, 2008) On April 30, 2008, Turkey's Grand National Parliament passed an amendment to a controversial provision of the Criminal Code. The Turkish legislature had adopted a new Criminal Code on September 26, 2004, that became effective on June 1, 2005. (Law No. 5237, Sept. 26, 2004, T.C. RESMI GAZETE [Official Gazette of the […]