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Democracy & Good Governance

US human rights report slams Turkey over restrictions on freedoms, politicized judiciary

The US State Department’s annual human rights report on Wednesday strongly criticized Turkish government’s growing pressure on the media and its interference with freedom of expression as well as politically-motivated cases launched against critics.

The US State Department released its Human Rights Report for 2015 on April 13 in which it listed human rights problems across the world. In its report on Turkey, the State Department multiple provisions in the law created the opportunity for the government to restrict freedom of expression, the press, and the internet during 2015.

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AK Party deputy admits gov’t control over legislative, judicial, executive powers

In a statement that came as a confirmation of claims suggesting that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) is eroding the principle of the separation of powers, a deputy from the AK Party has said his government has control over the legislative, judicial and executive branches. 

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Turkey paid $36 million to Erdoğan’s son-in-law’s company for 6 UAVs[CORRUPTION]

Some $36.77 million has been paid from the Turkish state budget to the Baykar Makina company, owned by the family of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s son-in-law Selçuk Bayraktar, for six unmanned aerial vehicles the company manufactured, according to a story in the Birgün daily on Friday.Bayraktar married Sümeyye Erdoğan, Erdoğan’s younger daughter, earlier this year, while Erdoğan’s first son-in-law Berat Albayrak is currently Turkey’s energy minister.

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