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Statement made by Prime Minister Erdoğan on the democratization and human rights package , 30.09.2013


DEMOCRATIZATION AND HUMAN RIGHTS PACKAGE
Announced by
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Prime Minister of Turkey
on SEPTEMBER 30, 2013

I-LEGAL AMENDMENTS
THE SCOPE OF POLITICAL RIGHTS IS EXPANDED
1. Three alternatives on the 10% election threshold:
o Maintaining the present situation
o Lowering the election threshold to 5% with district system
o Abolishing the election threshold and establishing single member district system (the proposal will be presented to the Turkish Grand Assembly)
2. Scope of state aid to political parties is expanded (the limit for aid is reduced from 7% vote share to 3 %)
3. Local organization of political parties is facilitated (no need to have local chapters in villages and towns to have representation in city districts)
4. Barriers before membership to political parties are removed (all voters will be eligible to enrol in a political party).
5. Political propaganda in different languages and dialects other than Turkish
6. Co-chair system in political parties is introduced
7. Campaign and propaganda in different languages and dialects other than Turkish in preliminary elections

MORE EFFECTIVE STRUGGLE AGAINST HATE CRIMES AND DISCRIMINATION
8. Punishments for certain offences in Turkish Penal Code are aggravated if committed with hate motive
9. Scope of crimes of discrimination is extended and deterrence is increased in hate crimes
10. An Anti-Discrimination and Equality Commission will be founded

PROTECTING LIFESTYLE
11. Respect for lifestyle is given legal protection
12. Sanctions on preventing persons from individual worship and fulfilling requirements of religious beliefs are introduced in Turkish Penal Code

REMOVAL OF OBSOLETE PENALTIES
13. Penal sanction in Turkish Penal Code for those who violate the Alphabet Law is annulled (use of such letters as q, x, w is allowed)

RIGHT TO ASSEMBLY AND DEMONSTRATION
14. Rallying places and routes are to be determined by civilian authorities in consultation with political parties, trade unions and related bodies
15. Time periods for rallies and demonstrations are extended
16. Government commissioner will no longer be needed to decide on rallies and demonstrations
17. Board of Assembly Arrangement is strengthened and the authority to decide on terminating rallies and demonstrations is assigned to the Regulatory Authority
EDUCATION IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES AND DIALECTS
18. Education in different languages and dialects other than Turkish in private schools will be allowed

NAMES OF UNIVERSITIES CHANGE
19. The name of Nevşehir University is changed to Hacı Bektaş-ı Veli University

RETURNING NAMES OF PLACES
20. Legal barrier for changing names of villages is lifted
21. Applications for changing names of provinces will be considered by the Ministry of Interior

LEGAL GUARANTEE FOR THE PROTECTION OF PERSONAL DATA
22. Legal guarantee is provided for the protection of personal data

LIMITATIONS ON COLLECTING DONATIONS ARE ABOLISHED
23. Limitations on collecting sheep skins and alms are abolished (citizens are legally free to make donations to any institution)

II-ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATIONS
FREEDOM OF DRESS IS ENSURED IN PUBLIC SECTOR
24. The By-Law on Dress is amended and the ban on headscarf in public institutions is abolished

STUDENT OATH IS REMOVED
25. The practice of student oath in primary schools is abolished (the same oath was abolished in high schools last year)

RETURN OF PROPERTY OF MOR GABRİEL (DEYRULUMUR) MONASTERY
26. The property of Mor Gabriel Monastery is returned to the Monastery Foundation

LIVING CONDITIONS OF ROMA CITIZENS ARE IMPROVED
27. An Institute for Roma Language and Culture will be established
28. Living conditions of Roma citizens are improved and their educational and other social concerns are addressed