A women's organization requested Turkish parliament to enforce Istanbul Convention during the upcoming legislative year that will start on Oct. 1. The NGO requested that parliament translate into Turkish a 2018 action report by the Istanbul Convention action group (GREVIO) to begin with.
Turkish Parliament speaker Mustafa Şentop has said that he believes in reintroduction of death penalty for certain crimes, a proposal suggested by far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli earlier in September. "I am of the opinion that death penalty could be considered for premediated murder and sexual abuses committed against minors and women,” Şentop said on Sept. 29.
Turkish experts have protested a Turkish private university in North Macedonia as it admits law students without the requirement of the national higher education exam, although alumni are permitted to practice law in Turkey. HDP deputy Rüştü Tiryaki called on AKP deputy Mustafa Şentop, who is the board honorary chairman of the university in question, to explain why Turkish education watchdog YÖK's accreditation guidelines are being violated for this specific university.
Turkey's parliament speaker Mustafa Şentop, from the ruling AKP, has said that there is no need for Turkey to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention, an international accord designed to protect women. Şentop's comments came as the AKP is considering whether to pull Turkey out of the convention, alarming campaigners who see the pact as key to combating rising domestic violence.
A draft bill submitted to the Parliament Speaker's Office by the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) on establishing a site to remember the victims of the Zilan massacre was rejected for including "Kurdish geography" and "massacre" remarks. "This is called hypocrisy. There is the understanding of denial and rejection regarding massacres committed against Kurds," HDP deputy Murat Sarısaç said.
Turkey's lawmakers will be getting digitized ID cards to enter parliament, second-term speaker Mustafa Şentop said. Upgraded as part of structural renovations to parliament, the new ID cards will also have information in English.
Turkey's Presidency mandated that everyone who will attend the July 15, 2016 coup attempt memorial ceremony be tested for COVID-19. One politician noted that none of the deputies are tested for general sessions and that the precaution is required for being in the president's presence.
The ruling AKP's nominee Mustafa Şentop was reelected as parliament speaker on July 7. Şentop's re-election did not come as a surprise as the AKP and its ally MHP hold a parliamentary majority.
The HDP has officially nominated Istanbul lawmaker Erol Katırcıoğlu as parliament speaker, becoming the first party to notify its candidate's name to the parliamentary speaker's office. In June, the ruling AKP had announced that it would nominate incumbent Parliament Speaker Mustafa Şentop for the post for another term, whereas on July 1 the main opposition CHP said that it would nominate Haluk Koç.
Turkey's ruling AKP has announced that it will nominate incumbent Parliament Speaker Mustafa Şentop for the post for another term. Şentop on June 19 told reporters his candidacy had “became definite." The AKP's announcement came a day after Binali Yıldırım dismissed rumors that he would run as a candidate in the election.
‘A new period in politics is beginning,’ AKP says after jailing of politicians stripped of MP status
Ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) officials have said that a new period is beginning in Turkish politics following the jailing of three opposition politicians, whose parliamentary statuses were stripped on June 4, adding that the day is a "milestone." While the move was met with surprise among the opposition ranks, the AKP knew about it for a week, government sources told Duvar.
Millions of Turkish citizens are marking the April 23 National Sovereignty and Children’s Day with a limited number of celebrations or events being held this year amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This year's official ceremonies were marked by social distancing and face masks. Parliament Speaker Mustafa Şentop urged citizens to mark the day in their homes.