February 26, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Turkish President Abdullah Gul approved a law on Wednesday which increases government control over the appointment of judges and prosecutors in the country. The new law grants the Ministry of Justice greater control over the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), an independent body ...[read more]
February 19, 2014
by Samuel Franklin
Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Tuesday approved legislation to heighten Internet restrictions, granting the country's telecommunications authority the ability to block websites or remove content without the court's approval. While Gul and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan continue to ...[read more]
July 7, 2013
by Blake Lynch
Council of Europe (COE) Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks on Friday urged an investigation into Turkey's "extremely disproportionate" use of police force against anti-government protesters during last month's violent protests in the country. Muizineks acknowledged that recent statements ...[read more]
January 18, 2012
by Meagan McElroy
On January 18, 2008, Turkish President Abdullah Gul signed a bill banning smoking in government buildings, offices, bars and restaurants. The bill had previously been approved by the Turkish Grand National Assembly earlier in January 2008. Although Turkey had already banned smoking on planes and ...[read more]
July 5, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On July 5, 2007, the Constitutional Court of Turkey ruled in favor of the constitutionality of proposed changes to the Turkish electoral system that would allow for the president to be elected by popular vote. Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer had vetoed a constitutional amendment approved by ...[read more]
June 11, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Thursday criticized the country's ban on several Google services, calling for officials to find a legal way to restore access. Gul, in messages posted to his Twitter account, expressed his disapproval of the bans, calling for them to be lifted. Article 5651 ...[read more]
March 31, 2010
by Sarah Miley
The Turkish ruling party on Tuesday submitted its controversial reform package to parliament, despite warnings from Turkish President Abdullah Gul that the party should take more precautions before amending the constitution. The reform package contains seven revisions from the original amendments ...[read more]
February 25, 2010
by Zach Zagger
A Turkish court on Thursday released three high ranking military officials detained for questioning over an alleged coup plot, hours after top political and military officials met to discuss the escalating situation. The court released former chief of the Navy, Adm. Ozden Ornek, ex-chief of the ...[read more]
July 10, 2009
by Andrew Morgan
Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Thursday approved a law that would allow the prosecution of military personnel in civilian courts and would prevent military prosecution of civilians during peacetime. Gul said that the law was necessary for accession to the European Union (EU), but suggested ...[read more]
July 6, 2009
by Andrew Morgan
Turkish military officials on Sunday sent President Abdullah Gul a letter urging him not to approve a law that would allow prosecution of military personnel in civilian courts during peacetime. Members of the General Staff said that the law runs counter to Article 145 of the Turkish Constitution, ...[read more]

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