Constitutional Court has ordered the authorities to unblock `Twitter ' as it Violates the Rights of Users'

#AceWorldNews – ISTANBUL – April 03 – (HDN) – The Constitutional Court has ordered authorities to unblock Twitter, saying the decision violated the rights of users who had appealed the decision.

Regarding individual complaints, the court has unanimously ruled the ban is a violation of free speech guaranteed by Article 26 of the Constitution. “Everyone has the right to express and disseminate his thoughts and opinion by speech, in writing or in pictures or through other media, individually or collectively,” the article states.

The decision was immediately delivered to the Telecommunications Directorate (TİB) and Turkey’s Transport, Maritime and Communication Ministry with the demand that they follow the order. The court also ruled that legal fees be paid to the applicants.

With the ruling, authorities must immediately unblock Twitter in Turkey, according to Metin Feyzioğlu, the president of Turkey’s Bar Associations (TBB), who spoke to daily Hürriyet. “If they don’t abide by the ruling, we will file a criminal complaint against the TİB by attaching the ruling of the Constitutional Court” Feyzioğlu added.

The ruling will also be used as a precedent for similar cases in the future, experts have said. If the court ruling is respected, authorities will not be able to impose blanket bans of this kind.

The individual complaints were separately filed by Ass. Prof. Dr. Kerem Altıparmak, Prof. Dr. Yaman Akdeniz and Sezgin Tanrıkulu, deputy chair of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP).

The Constitution of The Republic Of Turkey

Article 26:

VIII. Freedom of Expression and Dissemination of Thought

Everyone has the right to express and disseminate his thoughts and opinion by speech, in writing or in pictures or through other media, individually or collectively.

This right includes the freedom to receive and impart information and ideas without interference from official authorities.

This provision shall not preclude subjecting transmission by radio, television, cinema, and similar means to a system of licencing. The exercise of these freedoms may be restricted for the purposes of preventing crime, punishing offenders, withholding information duly classified as a State secret, protecting the reputation and rights and the private and family life of others, or protecting professional secrets as prescribed by law, or ensuring the proper functioning of the judiciary.

No language prohibited by law shall be used in the expression and dissemination of thought. Any written or printed documents, phonograph records, magnetic or video tapes, and other means of expression used in contravention of this provision shall be seized by a duly issued decision of a judge or, in cases where delay is deemed prejudicial, by the competent authority designated by law. The authority issuing the seizure order shall notify the competent judge of its decision within twenty-four hours. The judge shall decide on the matter within three days.

Provisions regulating the use of means of disseminating information and ideas shall hot be interpreted as a restriction of freedom of expression and dissemination unless they prevent the dissemination of information and thought.


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`Ukrainian Parliament starts proceedings to give less power to the President’

#AceWorldNews says Ukraine’s parliament has started a plenary session putting on vote a return to the 2004 Constitution which would give less power to the president.

The session is attended by 360 deputies from opposition factions, the ruling Party of Region and non-affiliated parliamentarians.

The session is chaired by parliamentary speaker Vladimir Rybak.

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#Turkey : `Heated All Night Debate’ `Approves Law’ to give `more `Power to Government’ to Appoint Judges and Prosecutors ”

#AceWorldNews says after a night of heated debate and a brawl that left one MP hospitalized, Turkey’s parliament on Saturday passed a law that gives the government more power to appoint judges and prosecutors.

The debate focused on the Higher Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), the body responsible for appointing members of the judiciary.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames the influential US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen – who has built up quiet influence in the police and judiciary – for stirring up a corruption investigation he sees as being used to unseat him.

The opposition party CHP said on Thursday that it would appeal the bill to the Constitutional Court if it was approved in parliament.

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Egypt: ” Ninety Eight Percentage Voter’s Back New Military-Backed Constitution”

#AceWorldNews says More than 98 percent of Egypt’s voters have approved a new, military-backed constitution, said the country’s High Election Commission on Saturday. 38.6 percent of the country’s more than 53 million eligible voters participated in the referendum on the constitution. The approved constitution will replace the one signed into law by Mohamed Morsi, the former Islamist president. Morsi was overthrown in a military coup in July last year. The Muslim Brotherhood movement that backed the former president had called for a boycott of the two-day vote and to stage anti-government protests.

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Egypt: “Voters Back New Constitution”

#AceWorldNews says about 90 percent of Egyptians who voted in a referendum approved a new constitution, the state news agency and a government official said. Early results of a ballot could allow army chief General Abdel Fattah Sisi to declare his candidacy for president. The constitution will replace one signed into law by Mohamed Morsi, the former Islamist president who was overthrown by the military in July. Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood had called for a boycott of the two-day vote and anti-government protests.

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