Turkish MPs have preliminarily backed a bill allowing men accused of statutory rape to be cleared.
Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has ordered his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to talk to the opposition parties regarding the controversial sexual abuse draft, which is postponed in parliament to Nov. 22
Men guilty of sexually abuse of children may avoid being prosecuted if they get married to the victim, according to a controversial motion proposed by members of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) that has been harshly criticized by opposition parties

Government says legislation is aimed at custom of child marriages

A bill in Turkey that would overturn men’s convictions for child sex assault if they married their victim has provoked fury, with critics accusing the government of encouraging rape of minors with the proposals.

 

The curious case of a Turkish judiciary in a state of emergency

There is strong evidence to conclude that Turkey has gone beyond what is necessary or proportionate.

civilian, left, and a security officer beat a protester as riot police use water cannons to disperse people protesting the detentions of 12 lawmakers from pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party, or HDP, in Istanbul, 5 Nov. 2016. Cagdas Erdogan/Press Association Images. All rights reserved.

 

The hearing in the trial of journalists Erdem Gül, Can Dündar and CHP Deputy Enis Berberoğlu put on trial due to the the MİT Trucks report on Cumhuriyet daily. Ahead of the hearing, journalists have held a statement in from of the courthouse.

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