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Turkey: Parliament adopts new anti-terrorism bill despite criticisms

On 29 June, the Grand National Assembly approved an amendment to the 1991 Anti-Terror Law. The amended legislation widens the scope of terrorism offenses and introduces a new offense of creating propaganda for the purposes of a terrorist organization. A variety of organizations and individuals, including the European Union Rapporteur examining Turkey’s progress towards accession, have raised concerns that the bill will impose disproportionate restrictions on fundamental freedoms, and on freedom of expression in particular. The bill will come into force when ratified by the President.