Checks and Balances Network has prepared a report in which the opposition parties' reform suggestions for the transition to a strengthened parliamentary system are assessed over balance and monitoring criteria.
We’ve talked to Karşıyaka Mayor Cemil Tugay about the Civil Society Premises which is continuing to be constructed in the district, states that the main problem about the civil society-local government collaboration is 'distrust', and notes that the responsibility for enhancing collaboration and overcoming mutual distrust falls upon the local governments.
AK Party Human Rights Vice Chairperson and Member of Central Decision and Executive Board (MKYK) Murat Çiçek noted that the Presidential Government System is a dynamic system that finds the means to the crises of Turkey's political history, however that there is still a long way to go in terms of the institutions and organizations to settle.
‘We Should Build up a New Encompassing Language Besides Political Style Repetitions and Political Habits.’
We’ve talked with Ayhan Bilgen, the ex-mayor of Kars Municipality who was released recently, about the closure cases brought against Kobani, HDP, about civil society - politics relations, and the concepts of 'alternative politics' and 'direct democracy', which have been used frequently in recent days. Defending that a new political language should be built up that would put the old aggressive discourses, polarizations and marginalization away, Bilgen said, "We must develop a new language that is encompassing besides political style repetitions and political habits."
Eighteen months have passed since the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 pandemic. To the number of cases that were declared in thousands at the time, now half a million are added per day. The most important element in the fight against the pandemic is individuals, and the organizations, networks, relationships that can affect these individuals and help them overcome difficulties. Civil society is very important here. Without civil society, it is not possible to include the voices of all individuals in decisions, nor to engage in an all-out effective struggle.
While Turkey's refugee policy continues to be the subject of debate, local governments are trying to strengthen migration governance with their own organizations and international collaborations. We talked about the agreement signed between Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the projects carried out between Resilience of Local Governance (RESLOG) and pilot municipalities, with IMM Deputy Secretary General Şengül Altan Arslan and Prof. Dr. Ayhan Kaya from Istanbul Bilgi University.
The increasing frequency of disasters in Turkey has increased the interest in the climate crisis, but the number of media producing content in the field of climate and climate journalism is still low. Yeşil Gazete (Green Newspaper) is the first guest of the file named 'Climate Media in Turkey', in which we discuss the situation of the media on climate and the impact of journalism in this field on the public. The editor of the newspaper, Elif Ünal, said that they aim to fill the gaps that the mainstream media in Turkey cannot fill, by looking at all issues that concern society, including the climate crisis, through a green lens.
‘Legislation must change radically, an independent structure consisting of NGOs and public representatives should be established for transparency and accountability.’ Making this general assessment of the use of funds by civil society in Turkey, Emre Gür from EU Think Civil Program emphasizes the importance of CSOs that receive funding to maintain their independence and transparency. He says that if legal changes are made, the resources of civil society will diversify.