The omnibus bill, proposing regulations in the economy, passed the Parliament. Reserve funds of the Central Bank will now be able to be used by the government.
The 11th Development Plan for 2019-2023 passed the Parliament. Goals in the new development plan were largely lowered, compared to the previous plan announced in 2013.
The Initiative for Freedom of Expression, born in 1995 with a civil disobedience action when our famous author Yaşar Kemal was tried at the State Security Court, is 14 years old now. During almost a quarter century, over 380.0000 civil disobedient participated at the crimes(!) of over 300 people form diverse social groups and ideas. Those actions, unfortunately, must go on. http://www.dusun-think.net/sivil-itaatsizlik/?dil=en
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Selahattin Demiraş - the co-chair of HDP (the 3rd biggest party at the Parliament) was urged and ended with a sentence so that his situation was changed from suspected to sentenced.
The indictment concerning right defenders, including Osman Kavala and Yiğit Aksakoğlu has been completed. Aksakoğlu has been released while Osman Kavala's imprisonment is still ongoing for over 630 days.
The law draft that would effectively extend the State of Emergency for at least another three years has passed the GNAT on 25 July 2018. With amendments made in many law articles including those within the Turkish Anti-Terror Law, the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations and the Law for Provincial Administration; which further conflict many provisions guaranteed in the Constitution, the State of Emergency will effectively continue, however informal.
Former co - chairman of the 3rd largest political part of Turkey, Selahattin Demirtaş is still in prison, despite disproving all the claims against him. All the baseless accusations against him do nothing but increase his popularity. HDP voters played a large role in the results of several latest elections.
While Turkey turns out to become the largest open-air prison, the Saturday Mothers -who are searching for their disappeared relatives-, Physicians and Academics for Peace, Airport workers who say We are not slaves, journalists, deputies of Parliament, Human Rights defenders, university students, artists, intellectuals simply all who oppose, are chastened by Judiciary under control. While OHAL (State of Emergency) turns to be permanent, demonstrations and activities are forbidden, Internet obstructed, demanding peace is a crime and right defenders, advocates are criminals.
Erdogan said "The Afrin operation has actually started on the scene, and Menbic will follow it." on January 20.
Kılıçdaroğlu said, "We have full support for the Afrin operation" after the statement of Devlet Bahceli "It is our legitimate right to enter Afrin" and on the 20th day of the operation, Kılıçdaroğlu said "he did not find it right to enter the city."
After the 2014 Presidential Elections, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said I wont be a USUAL President. Yes he has been an UNUSUAL one.
Separation of powers, judicial independence and checks and balances were perpetually undermined. Along with the State of Emergency (OHAL), which was declared after the failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016, the country was ruled with decrees out of judicial and legislative control. Executive power accumulated on one person was legalized with the Constitutional amendment under OHAL conditions. Now The president equipped with broad powers is building the new system with decrees;