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Rights group applauds Turkish ruling decreasing government power over internet
October 3, 2014
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on Friday praised a ruling by Turkey's Constitutional Court that decreases the power of the country's telecommunications authority TIB to block websites and monitor internet users. The Constitutional Court of Turkey on Thursday ruled th....... [more]

Turkish government weakening rule of law: HRW
September 29, 2014
Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is taking steps to weaken the rule of law, control Internet and media, and suppress critics and protesters, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Monday. HRW tracked the government's response to recent developments and made recommendations that focus o....... [more]

Turkish president approves law tightening Internet control
September 12, 2014
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan approved a law on Thursday that tightens the government control of the internet and expands the powers of the telecoms authority. Parliament passed the law on Monday. The new law comes after legislation was passed in February that made it easier for authorities to bl....... [more]

EU court rules German language requirements for Turkish immigrants unlawful
July 11, 2014
The EU's highest court, the Court of Justice, on Thursday ruled that Germany cannot require spouses of Turkish nationals living in Germany to show basic knowledge of the German language as a requirement when applying for family reunification visas. The case was brought by Naime Dogan, a Turkish wom....... [more]

Turkish court orders retrial for hundreds of alleged coup plotters
June 21, 2014
A court in Istanbul on Thursday ordered the release and retrial of 230 prisoners convicted for their involvement in the Balyoz (Sledgehammer) coup plot. The scheme, which originated as early as 2003, was aimed at overthrowing Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. The ruling came one day after Tur....... [more]

Turkish court sentences two surviving members of 1980 military coup to life imprisonment
June 19, 2014
A Turkish court on Wednesday sentenced two former generals to life imprisonment for leading Turkey's 1980 coup d'etat that led to three years of military rule. The two retired generals, 96-year-old Kenan Evren, who held the presidential office for seven years following the military takeover, and 89....... [more]

Turkish high court lifts YouTube ban
May 31, 2014
The Constitutional Court of Turkey on Tuesday ruled that a previous decision to ban Youtube violated users' freedom of speech rights. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had imposed the ban on YouTube and Twitter after illicit recordings of top security talks were posted on YouTube and distributed t....... [more]

Turkish court orders arrest of Israeli commanders involved in 2010 Gaza flotilla raid
May 28, 2014
A Turkish court on Monday called for international arrest warrants for four former Israeli military chiefs involved in a deadly 2010 maritime raid. According to a lawyer working on the case, prosecutors are seeking life sentences for the commanders who they claim were responsible for Israeli comman....... [more]

Europe rights court orders Turkey pay 90 million euros to Cyprus for 1974 invasion
May 13, 2014
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Monday ordered Turkey to pay ?90 million (USD $123 million) to Cyprus for invading the island in 1974. Thirty million euros are to be paid in damages to relatives of the missing, and ?60 million have been allocated for residents of the Karpas....... [more]

The US Says Landmines are Horrific?So Why Won't It Ban Them?
April 19, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Mary Wareham of Human Rights Watch discusses the US use of landmines and the possibility of the US joining the Mine Ban Treaty... Since antipersonnel landmines were banned by a majority of nations 15 years ago via an international treaty, their use even by those outside the t....... [more]

Turkish high court strikes parts of judicial control law
April 11, 2014
The Turkish Constitutional Court on Friday struck down parts of a controversial law that increased Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's control over the judicial system. Amid protests over suspected government corruption and violence inside parliament, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) pushe....... [more]



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