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Cancellations of Turkish Passports and Prevention of the Freedom of Movement

Cancellations of Turkish Passports and Prevention of the Freedom of Movement

April 2019 / (18 Pages)

The Erdoğan Government declared the state of emergency (SoE) for three months on 20 July 2016 after the coup attempt on 15 July 2016 and has continuously extended it. The country has been under the emergency regime for 18 months even though its conditions are not met. The number of emergency decree laws issued have reached to 32. Even though the emergency law decrees should be transitory in nature, the Government has been exploiting the situation as an opportunity and has made some structural changes in the basic laws like the Turkish Penal Code, the Law of Criminal Procedure and in the structure of many state institutions, notably of the judicial bodies.
The passport cancellations started with the Emergency Decree Law… Read More