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Turkey: Immunity for Soldiers Involved in Counterterrorism Operations

(July 5, 2016) On June 24, 2016, the Grand National Assembly (Turkey’s parliament) adopted a law amending the Turkish Armed Forces Personnel Law, along with some other laws, to provide for immunity from prosecution, in some cases, of armed forces personnel engaged in counterterrorism operations; prosecution of soldiers will require the permission of “the military […]

Turkey: Constitutional Amendment Adopted to Allow Certain Legislators to Be Stripped of Immunity

(May 25, 2016) On May 20, 2016, the Grand National Assembly (parliament, GNA) of Turkey voted in favor of a draft constitutional amendment, sponsored by the 316-seat ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP, Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi), that would strip almost 140 Members of Parliament of their privilege of immunity from prosecution. (Turkish Parliament Controversially […]

Turkey: People Smuggling to Be Classified as Terrorist Act

(Mar. 9, 2016) Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister, Numan Kurtulmus, announced on February 1, 2016, that Turkey was considering imposing heavier sentences for the offense of people smuggling, classifying it as a terrorist act and as an organized crime, and amending the law to include as a penalty the confiscation of assets used in such acts.  The […]

Turkey: Legislation Adopted on Part-Time Work Option for Working Mothers

(Feb. 19, 2016) Legislation amending Turkey’s labor laws, adopted by the Grand National Assembly (the Turkish parliament), creates flexible work options. Under the new provisions, “working mothers with young children will be able to work part-time” by permitting “rented workers” (i.e., contract workers), whose employment contracts will end when the mothers go back to work, […]

Turkey: New Minimum Wage

(Jan. 7, 2016) As of January 1, 2016, the net minimum wage paid by Turkish businesses to their employees increased by about 30%, from TL1,000 to TL1,300 per month (about US$333 – $433). The Turkish government is to cover “some 40 percent of the cost,” about TL110, of the increase, amounting in all to around […]

Turkey: Constitutional Court Rulings on “Reasonable Suspicion” in Criminal Procedure Code and on 2014 Changes to Internet Law

(Dec. 30, 2015) The Constitutional Court of Turkey issued two key decisions in December 2015, on amending provisions of a “package” law adopted in December 2014 and on amendments to Turkey’s Internet Law that had been introduced in February 2014.  (Top Court Rejects Appeal Against ‘Reasonable Suspicion’ Clause in Security Law, TODAY’S ZAMAN (Dec. 23, […]

Turkey: Minimum Wage Increase Proposed

(Nov. 17, 2015) It was reported on November 6, 2015, that Turkey’s minimum wage is expected to rise to TL1,300 (about US$451) per month, from the current TL1,000, at the beginning of 2016. Currently, there are about five million workers in Turkey who receive the minimum wage. In addition, employers that sign collective bargaining agreements […]

European Union/Turkey: Cooperation to Manage the Migrant Crisis

(Oct. 16, 2015) On October 4, 2015, the European Union and Turkey agreed on a Draft Action Plan to increase cooperation and coordinate their actions on the refugee crisis, and to reduce the huge flow of immigrants who enter the EU through Turkey. The Draft Action Plan contains short- and long-term measures to tackle the refugee crisis. Its twin objectives […]

Turkey: Rewards Offered for Help in Cracking Down on Terrorists

(Sept. 18, 2015) On August 31, 2015, Turkish authorities issued a new regulation to reward persons who assist in the capture of perpetrators of terrorism. Similar payments for information on terrorist crimes and suspects have been made available in the past but, according to the Ekurd Daily, “the new reward system appears to offer the […]

Turkey: Tightening of Regulation on Meetings and Demonstrations

(Aug. 7, 2015) On August 5, 2015, amendments to the Regulation on Implementation of the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations were published in the Resmi Gazete, Turkey’s official gazette. The amendments introduce new limits on the organization of demonstrations by individuals. (Legal Changes Introduced to Limit Holding of Demonstrations, TODAY’S ZAMAN (Aug. 5, 2015); Toplanti […]