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Turkey: Lawyers decry government plan to reform bar associations02:15

Turkey: Lawyers decry government plan to reform bar associations

Turkey, Istanbul
July 9, 2020 at 08:16 GMT -00:00 · Published

Hundreds of lawyers protested a law proposed by Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party that will allow regulating the size of bar associations in the country. The protest was organised outside the Istanbul Bar Association in central Istanbul on Wednesday.

Footage shows people gathering on the street, a band playing music as well as Vice-President of Istanbul Bar Association Nazan Moroglu addressing the crowd.

The draft law has already been adopted by the Justice Committee in the Turkish Parliament on Tuesday and will be submitted to the National Assembly.

Critics of the law fear that it will create schisms in the legal profession along ideological and political lines, rather than the geographical divisions at the provincial level on which bar associations are currently based.

Turkey: Lawyers decry government plan to reform bar associations02:15
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Hundreds of lawyers protested a law proposed by Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party that will allow regulating the size of bar associations in the country. The protest was organised outside the Istanbul Bar Association in central Istanbul on Wednesday.

Footage shows people gathering on the street, a band playing music as well as Vice-President of Istanbul Bar Association Nazan Moroglu addressing the crowd.

The draft law has already been adopted by the Justice Committee in the Turkish Parliament on Tuesday and will be submitted to the National Assembly.

Critics of the law fear that it will create schisms in the legal profession along ideological and political lines, rather than the geographical divisions at the provincial level on which bar associations are currently based.

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