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]
February 8, 2013
by Sarah Paulsworth
Turkey's parliament on Thursday approved legislation to prohibit terrorism financing. In passing this legislation, Turkey may have narrowly avoided expulsion from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). Turkish President Abduallah Gul now has 15 days to approve the legislation, after which it can... ...[read more]
June 1, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
The Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, on Friday condemned the increasing number of murders of journalists in Pakistan and urged the government to investigate the crimes. Pakistani journalists Abdul Razaq Gul and Aurengzeb Tunio ...[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 23, 2011
by Ashley Hileman
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday ruled that two former Guantanamo detainees cannot continue to litigate their habeas corpus petitions and refused to order the Government to rescind their designations as "enemy combatants." Nazul Gul and Adel Hamad were ...[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]
February 4, 2011
by Brian Jackson
The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) on Thursday used the death of a Guantanamo detainee to highlight what it claims are problems with the detention system currently used by the US for dealing with suspected terrorists. The detainee, Awal Gul, had been at the Guantanamo Bay detention center ...[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 of... ...[read more]

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