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The Freedom Observer

We monitor the ongoings of Turkiye in the fields of the rule of law, economics, civil society, and politics.

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Turkish Parliament Prefers Non-Compliance with the Constitution

The blatant violation of the Constitution by all state institutions has cast doubt on its validity, reinforcing the arbitrariness of the regime.

Ali Rıza Çoban

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16 Şub 2024

Corruption and Perception of Corruption in Turkey

This marks a dramatic decline from last year's 101st ranking. There has been a gradual and systematic decrease in Turkey's corruption scores, particularly over the last decade.

Ömer Faruk Şen

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16 Şub 2024

Another (!) Earthquake at the Central Bank

We experienced a very interesting example of the collapse of Turkey's institutions with the recent change of the CBRT governor. Who knows which people in which institutions experience similar absurdities every day? However, since the CBRT is a very visible institution, we were able to follow these problems. Institutions in Turkey continue to collapse not only in terms of rules or in the political science sense but also physically.

Enes Özkan

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16 Şub 2024

Annulment of Censorship Provision

However, it's important to note that this annulment decision does not fully resolve the issue of censorship. The delay in implementing the annulment is a significant concern, and there is skepticism about whether the new regulation will improve.

Ali Rıza Çoban

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03 Şub 2024

Imam and District Governor's 'Sermon' Crisis

The incident between the district governor and the imam, along with the subsequent events, has evolved into a series of peculiar developments. This crisis has not only unveiled the divisions within the ruling coalition but has also highlighted the concerning composition of the bureaucracy and the behavioral patterns of civil servants.

Ömer Faruk Şen

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03 Şub 2024

Turkey's Export and Currency Test

While Minister Şimşek is correct in asserting that innovation, among other factors, is essential to enhance a country's share in global trade, it is worth noting that neither during his initial term nor in the current administration has there been a comprehensive institutional framework or a long-term vision put forth to promote innovation, attract sustained foreign investment, address the issue of reverse brain drain, stimulate increased productivity, maximize capacity utilization, or boost overall capacity.

Enes Özkan

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03 Şub 2024

Draft Regulation on the Surname of a Married Woman

However, in the 8th Judicial Reform package proposed by the Government, married women are not granted the right to use their former surname independently. The rationale for this regulation underscores the significance of the family unit and argues that allowing both the mother and father to have distinct surnames could potentially have adverse consequences for the child. It is contended that determining which surname the child should adopt may lead to additional debates and might compromise the family's cohesion, which serves as the cornerstone of Turkish society.

Ali Rıza Çoban

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18 Oca 2024

Silence of MPs

What is needed is the introduction of primary elections as a "binding mechanism" within our political party system to curtail the leader's dominance within parties. Otherwise, we will continue to be 'represented' by individuals who merely raise and lower their hands and pursue careers within the corridors of Ankara rather than effectively representing the concerns and demands of the citizens!"

Ömer Faruk Şen

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18 Oca 2024

"Cryptocurrency Law" Update from Minister Şimşek

There is no denying the significance of regulating and securing cryptocurrency markets to ensure a nation's economic stability and its citizens' safety. However, solely targeting cryptocurrencies is an example of the scarecrow fallacy. Minister Şimşek has underscored that one of the objectives of cryptocurrency regulation is to move out of the 'partially compliant' category with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

Çağın T. Eroğlu

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18 Oca 2024

Constitutional Court's Second Can Atalay Decision

It is evident that the responsibility for such a clear and persistent violation, as well as disregard for the Constitution, falls not only upon those who issued these decisions but also on the institutions authorized to investigate them.

Ali Rıza Çoban

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05 Oca 2024