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Republican People's Party (CHP) High Disciplinary Board Member and Gazete Duvar Columnist Tuba Torun with whom we’ve talked about civil society and politics, emphasizes that a structured communication should be established between political parties and CSOs at all levels. According to Torun: "A struggle cannot succeed in a single field in civil society, because every issue depends on general politics. Therefore, a mass struggle for democracy is needed."
Showing the use of funds by NGOs that try to continue their activities with limited resources in Turkey suspicious and illegal harms civil society. The Third Sector Foundation of Turkey (TÜSEV) warns that the misuse of funds should be prevented by the relevant authorities with a supportive approach to civil society and by taking the necessary precautions. On the other hand, activist-writer Nurcan Baysal sees the illegalization of funding as the continuation of intense pressure on civil society and a harbinger of worsening.
Discussions on the use of funds by civil society continue. Sunay Demircan, an experienced name in the field of civil society, who is the first of the experts whose opinions we consulted, states that the issue of using funds by NGOs should be avoided from the paranoia of “treason”, and that it should be seen and evaluated in a multidimensional way. According to Demircan, there is no ethical problem in the transparent use of funds, which act as a locomotive in the development of civil society and the attainment of rights in Turkey.
We’ve talked with economist Enes Özkan, one of the founders of Daktilo 1984, about the establishment story of daktilo1984.com as well as its publishing policies and about pluralism in the civil field. Özkan says: “As Daktilo1984, we turn academic knowledge into a more easily consumable version and present it that way. Besides, we produce content that is far above the average of a standard newspaper report.”
Attorney Ebru Timtik had gone on a death fast in prison for the right to a fair trial and lost her life. Now, her birthday has been declared as the International Fair Trial Day: The award of this first year went to Ebru Timtik herself.
Turkey counts over 122 thousand associations and more than 5 thousand foundations, which constitute the so-called 'third sector', employing an estimated 60 thousand salaried employees; however, only 20 NGOs have a Human Resources (HR) department. Funding constraints and the failure to grasp the importance of HR policies constitute obstacles before the rights and career prospects of NGO employees.
Although the European Court of Human Rights has ordered his immediate release, former HDP Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş has been behind bars for nearly five years now. Last week, the Council of Europe warned Turkey for not abiding by ECHR rulings. How did things get here?
"With its 'complex and resilient social structure', Turkey requires a new 'narrative' for the future." Prof. Atila Eralp has published a policy brief on the discussions around "the Future of Europe" which have gained momentum in the current turbulent period, with a special focus on civil society.