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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]

Turkey reinforces YouTube ban
April 10, 2014
Turkish government reinforced their ban of YouTube on Thursday, despite a Constitutional Court ruling last week that the ban was unlawful. The Information and Communications Technologies Authority (BTK) said in a statement that the government measures blocking the website will remain in place. Prime....... [more]

Turkish court strikes down Youtube ban
April 4, 2014
Turkey's Constitutional Court on Friday partially lifted the country's ban on Youtube, saying the blanket ban violated human rights. Access to the website was blocked after video of officials discussing an attack on Syria was leaked prior to the election. The Constitutional Court ruled the ban was....... [more]

Turkish authorities lift Twitter ban following court ruling
April 3, 2014
A Turkish official said Thursday that the government has lifted a ban on Twitter following a Constitutional Court ruling Wednesday. The court stated that the ban violated both individual rights as well as the freedom of expression. This decision came a week after an Istanbul court ruled against Turk....... [more]

Turkish court rules against Twitter ban
March 29, 2014
An Istanbul court on Friday ruled against Turkey's ban on Twitter, overturning an order that the social media website shut down an account accusing the government of corruption. Access to Twitter was suspended in Turkey last week by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the website's failure to r....... [more]

Turkish court orders government agency to lift Twitter ban
March 26, 2014
An administrative court in Ankara, the capital of Turkey, issued a temporary injunction Wednesday ordering the country's telecommunication authority (TIB) to lift its ban on the use of the social media website Twitter. The ban on Twitter was imposed last week under orders from Prime Minister Recep....... [more]

Turkish PM bans Twitter
March 21, 2014
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan attempted to block Twitter on Friday but users quickly found ways to circumvent the ban. The ban came after audio recordings of a voice, resembling Erdogan's, instructed his son to dispose of large amounts of money during a police search were leaked via Tw....... [more]

Europe rights court condemns Turkey for treatment of jailed Kurdish rebel leader
March 18, 2014
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday condemned Turkey for violating the rights of Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed founder of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). The court found that Ocalan, imprisoned on the Turkish island of Imarli since 1999, had been subjected to "inhuman" condition....... [more]

Turkish court charges activists over anti-government protests
March 18, 2014
An Istanbul prosecutor on Monday charged five activists involved in anti-government protests last year. Turkey's state-run Anadolu News Agency reported that the protesters, members of a solidarity group, are charged with "forming a criminal gang, staging illegal demonstrations and public provocation....... [more]

Syria passes law barring opposition from running in presidential election
March 14, 2014
The Syrian parliament on Thursday passed a law that bans any candidate from the presidential elections if he or she has not lived in Syria for the past ten years or holds any other nationality. The residency requirement of the law effectively bars many members of Syrian opposition groups, many of wh....... [more]

Turkish high court supports former general's appeal for release
March 6, 2014
Turkey's Constitutional Court on Thursday ruled in favor of retired general Ilker Basbug's appeal against his sentence for life imprisonment. The ruling may allow for his release by the lower court and set a precedent for more than 200 others currently imprisoned for allegedly playing roles in the E....... [more]



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