Civil Pages discussed the government's Human Rights Action Plan announced in early March with Hülya Gülbahar from Equality Watch Women's Group, Mehmet Arif Koçer from the Rights Initiative, and Tarık Beyhan from Amnesty International, who emphasized that domestic law already has certain positive elements, especially ECHR resolutions -as mentioned in the action plan-, and that the government must instead take concrete measures to be credible.
According to the "The Legal Transformation of 2020 in Parallel with Ecological, Economic and Political Crises" issued by the Association for Rights and Research, law in Turkey has become the source rather than solution to many problems including environmental ones, as the state has turned into a market actor, citizenship has been redefined, and principles of private law have tended to replace public law due to various legislative changes.
The debate on the animal rights bill has been going on for quite a while. Although for years there has been public pressure on the government to pass a law protecting animals' right to life, since 2004 we have witnessed only efforts at diversion, and legislation bringing about animals' death.
As regards the creation of a parliamentary investigation commission for "examining factors leading to violence towards women and determining the necessary measures", lawyer and women's rights activist Canan Arın remarks: "They are setting up this commission simply to temporize, acting AS IF they really were against violence towards women."
The decision to pull out of the Istanbul Convention created a public backlash across Turkey, and women took to the streets in many provinces, demanding the withdrawal of the decision and the implementation of the convention. Women's associations, and various NGOs issued declarations against the decision.
Although March began with promises of a Human Rights Action Plan, a severe winter storm had gathered already by the middle of the month: an MP stripped of his status and detained on Parliament premises, a court case filed to shutter an opposition political party – third biggest of the Parliament, a prominent human rights lawyer – president of a leading human rights organization - taken into custody.
Dialogue Mapping Research by YADA Foundation identifies the impediments before dialogue amongst the civil society and highlights solution proposals, while shedding light to various aspects of its dialogue with the public and private sectors.
Not Without You, Not Without Your Voice is the name of a platform that was launched to increase the visibility and contribution of women in the media as experts, and to ensure women experts are on equal footing in panels and conferences. We spoke with the Not Without You, Not Without Your Voice platform team about their project for “Let the Women Explain”: Improvement of Women’s Visibility in Media in Turkey. “We want to do our part in changing the male dominated scene where specialists and experts consulted in print and visual media are mostly men,” says the project team.