Checks and Balances Network
Checks and Balances Network consists of 281 civil society organizations that represent different segments of our society and are at equal distance to every political party and formation. These organizations defend the necessity of a clear checks and balances and a robust checks and balances system to guarantee the universal rights and freedoms.
With the introduction of the new construction process of constitution in 2011, Sabanci University Istanbul Policy Center, along with National Democrat Institute have assembled a group of 120 people under Task Forces in order to strengthen the checks and balances system. This group consists of the Turkish Grand National Assembly, ministries, civil society organizations, universities, think tanks, ex-deputies and journalists. The group settled on 108 proposals to strengthen the Assembly, to provide independence for justice, and to create a competitive political system. Thus, a report called “Strengthening the Checks and Balances System in Turkey Through Constitutional Reform” was produced. The proposals were presented to the President, the Speaker, the Prime Minister, the presidents of political parties and the Constitution Reconciliation Commission in February 2012. A group of representatives from civil society, that participated in the “Strengthening the Checks and Balances System in Turkey Through Constitutional Reform” study and presented their view in the new constitution process, has taken the study one step forward and founded the Checks and Balances Network. Highlighting that the framework of the network was not rights, freedoms and duties, but the realization of the checks and balances system, the same group has written the declaration to identify the principles of the Network with the purpose of running the advocacy work for democratic reforms in the long term.
You can find the “Strengthening the Checks and Balances System in Turkey Through Constitutional Reform” work, which inspired the Network, the declaration of the Network and the monitoring report, “Transparency and Participation in the New Constitution Construction Process” that was prepared by the Checks and Balances Systemand Istanbul Policy Center below.
Supporting the work for the new constitution, the Checks and Balances System is making sure that civil society organizations and citizens participate in policy and decision-making processes, in order to actualize the institutional reforms and improving a democratic political culture in our country.
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Checks and Balances Network Publications
We call on television and radio channels to allow the candidates equal opportunity
July 16, 2014
We Call for Consensus on a Wide-Ranging Judicial Reform!
January 21, 2014
Judicial Reform is Essential to Shorten Long Detention Periods!
December 23, 2013
For us, the process of making a new constitution is not finished!
November 27, 2013