Similar to previous reports, in the European Union (EU) 2021 Turkey Progress Report, it is determined that 'the regression in the fields of democracy and human rights continues'. In the report, which states that ‘civil society has been subjected to constant pressure and the civil space continues to shrink’, it is also noted that dialogue and cooperation between the EU and Turkey have increased, and progress has been made in 20 chapters.
'People will somehow hold on to life. Holding on to this life will not be through informal or illegal means, but through legitimate fields, with effort. Recyclers working on the street just want to be recognized.' We talked with Dinçer Mendillioğlu, President of the Recycling Workers Association, about the problems faced by paper collectors, or handcarts, who collect on the street.
The Deep Poverty Network has published the book 'Hikâyenin Yok Hali' (‘The Absence of the Story’) which shows the 'ignorance' of the poor and the violations of their rights. Through the true stories of 14 people who experienced poverty, the book reveals the possibilities of both recognizing the poor with their differences and fighting poverty with a rights-based understanding and sustainable policies by protecting human dignity.
The Paris Agreement, which Turkey had not signed before, now seemed essential to ratify for the three billion dollars it would take for adaptation measures, as well as in order not to fall outside the determined international trade criteria. Now, let's look at some questions about what needs to be done throughout Turkey in the restoration of the ecosystem and the biosphere.
In the second hearing of the case, which was opened by combining the Gezi and Çarşı cases, at the 13th High Criminal Court on November 26, 2021, the release request of businessperson Osman Kavala was rejected with a comment from one member. The next hearing of the case, in which 52 people are on trial, including Kavala, the only person on trial as a prisoner, will be held on January 17, 2022. Kavala is on trial for ‘attempting to overthrow the constitutional order’ and ‘political and military espionage’ and has been in detention for 4 years.
‘Dark Report 2021: Air Pollution and Health Effects’ research of the Right to Clean Air Platform (THHP) has been published. According to the report, only two cities in Turkey have clean air. Air pollution in 45 provinces exceeds national limit values. Polluted air facilitates the entry of the COVID-19 virus into the body. THHP proposes to develop an 'Air Pollution Fighting Strategy' and to create Clean Air Action Plans on a provincial basis.
A week has passed in the park protests where university students protested the increasing rents and the lack of dormitories. Young people slept in parks in 11 provinces and say, ‘We cannot access accommodation’.
As a result of the administrative lawsuit filed by the Political Science Graduates Union, the Council of State canceled Article 1 and 2 of the Regulation on Amending the Regulation on Associations. The Council of State canceled 2 articles, which entered into force on October 1, 2018, with the amendment of the Regulation ‘as it expands the limits of the authority granted to the administration and will ensure the processing of personal data and private data without express consent’.
‘Civil Society Should Evaluate Coordination and Cooperation Opportunities for Effective Disaster Management’
In the online workshop organized by Civil Pages with the title ‘Climate Crisis, Disaster Management and Civil Society’, the role of civil society in the face of the increasing and diversifying disaster risk with the climate crisis, deficiencies and suggestions for solutions were discussed. NGO representatives and experts emphasized better coordination and cooperation between civil actors, the need to include vulnerable groups in the fight against disasters and to increase cooperation between actors with a risk management approach.