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Human Development Foundation (İNGEV) has issued a report titled “Strong Cooperatives for a Social Solidarity Economy", outlining the current situation and presenting 9 Social Policy Proposals for stronger cooperatives. The report finds that, according to 2020 data, there are 60 thousand cooperatives in nearly 40 categories, with a total of 6.6 million members in Turkey.
The Human Rights School (İHOP) had documented violations of academic rights during the state of emergency with the reports titled "Analysis of Academic Freedoms in Turkey under the State of Emergency" covering the period June-December 2018, and "Human Rights Scholars under the State of emergency" published in December 2019.
The bill will grant the Ministry of Interior the authority to suspend an association's activities, and dismiss its administrative committees or their members. Furthermore, the Ministry will be able to exercise this power without having to wait for any investigation or prosecution, thus disregarding the presumption of innocence, which is a fundamental right. The bill is also in breach of the international conventions signed by Turkey and the 'freedom of association' guaranteed by the Constitution.
Ecological Struggles in Kazdağları: “They Used to Describe Us as Romantic Ecologists; Now We are Accused of Vandalism”
The Kazdağları mountains in Turkey are home to an ecological struggle which goes way beyond the limits of the local arena. One of the foremost figures in this struggle is Süheyla Doğan, Chairperson of Kazdağları Natural and Cultural Heritage Preservation Association and Co-Chair of Ecological Union, who states that the ecological struggle is becoming increasingly visible; however, public agencies are adopting a harsher approach: "They used to describe us as romantic ecologists; now we are accused of vandalism."
In the face of mounting pressure over civil society organisations through a Bill on Preventing the Financing of the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction that enacted provisions further curbing independence of associations, many NGOs are seeking ways of collaboration, resistance, impact and existence.
As numerous institutions call on parents to encourage their children to learn their mother tongue, Hıdır Eren, Vice President of Zaza Language and Culture Association (Zaza-Der) says, "Let's raise the demand for mother tongue education."
The report titled The Civil Society Landscape and Covid-19's Impact in the East and Southeast, drafted jointly by Kurdish Studies Center and Rawest Research, notes that both NGO employees and their field have been negatively impacted by the pandemic, and that resources and support are necessary to overcome this predictably long process.
We’ve talked to the President of İzmir Buca Disability Association and the Representative of the Association of Izmir Union of Disabled Associations Harun Kara and to the President of Izmir Rehabilitation and Sports Club Association Ramazan Kaymaz about the problems of physically disabled individuals who are among the risky groups and about the accessible services in the pandemic.
Human Rights Education Program Coordinator Mehmet Onur Yılmaz with whom we talked about the violation of children’s rights at home during the epidemic, says that they have been deprived of tools that they can learn what happens to children.