As Turkish politics have been reduced to a binary dichotomy between the government bloc and the opposition, İYİ Party plays a somewhat unifying and dampening effect in that regard. But while the government is out of touch with the people, the opposition is not tuned in with it either.
Selin Sayek Böke writes: The government’s opportunism is striking in the amnesty law. The permanent nature of its amendments is obvious. Just like it had with the 2016 coup attempt, the regime has used the outbreak of the COVID-19 as a “Gift from God.” The bills they pass do not aim at governance but at punishing. Those convicted for leading organized crime will be freed, while those that have pushed for civil society to enhance democracy will remain in jail!
The child sexual abusers, sexual offenders and other offenders of violence against women are within the scope of the amnesty which is in front of the Turkish Parliament. Those who have used their right to thought and expression are outside the scope of the amnesty. I don’t know if one can imagine a bigger shame than this bill for the parliament.
Turkey's parliament discussed a prisoner release bill on April 7 which is set to free around 90,000 prisoners in total amid coronavirus outbreak. During the discussion, all deputies wore masks as a precautionary measure against the virus.
The ruling AKP wants the opposition parties' support to extend the scope of an upcoming early parole law to include prisoners sentenced for child sexual abuse – on the condition that the offender is married to his victim. The AKP's proposal seeks to benefit 270 inmates.