National Assembly Approves State of Emergency Draft Law

The National Assembly on Friday passed a sweeping state of emergency draft law, which rights advocates say is ripe for abuse, as the number of Covid-19 cases in the country has slowly, but steadily risen since last month.

The draft Law on the Management of the Nation in Emergencies gives the government broad powers to restrict people’s movement and communications and implement martial law in times of war, pandemics or other national security crises, according to an unofficial translation of the text published by state media outlet AKP.

During an assembly session on Friday morning, newly appointed Justice Minister Keut Rith defended the draft law, saying that a state of emergency was necessary for the government to protect national security and public health.

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