Istanbul Policy Center  (2012'den beri)

Checks and Balances Network

National Democratic Institute işbirliğiyle.

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.

Please click here to visit the Checks and Balances Network website.

Checks and Balances Network Press Release

Members of Checks and Balances Network

Checks and Balances Network Declaration

Strengthening Turkey’s Checks and Balances System Through Constitutional Reform Project

Strengthening Turkey’s Checks and Balances System Project Report

Strengthening Turkey’s Checks and Balances System Project Executive Summary

Observatory Report on Transparency and Participation in the New Constitution-Making Process (Turkish)

A Comprehensive Political Party and Election System Reform for Turkey’s Democratization Proposal

Checks and Balances Network Publications
We call on television and radio channels to allow the candidates equal opportunity
July 16, 2014

We want the first president to be elected by the people to be transparent in the election campaign he will conduct with individual donations
May 2014

We Call upon All Actors to Act Responsibly in the Local Elections of 30 March
March 26, 2014

The Twitter Ban is a Serious Step Backward from a Democratic Social Order
March 21, 2014

The judiciary, which must be independent, has come under the control of the executive
March 20, 2014

The Internet Law to Have a Direct Effect on the Lives of 55 Million People
February 18, 2014

We Call for Consensus on a Wide-Ranging Judicial Reform!
January 21, 2014

What we face is a constitutional crisis and can only be overcome by democratization!
January 8, 2014

For Judicial Reform, the 23rd Chapter Must Be Opened on the Road to Full Membership of the European Union!
December 30, 2013

Judicial Reform is Essential to Shorten Long Detention Periods!
December 23, 2013

The Checks and Balances Network Puts Emphasis on the Importance of the Court of Public Accounts for a Democratic Budget
December 16, 2013

The Checks and Balances Network Demands Transparent Budgetary Practices
December 9, 2013

For us, the process of making a new constitution is not finished!
November 27, 2013