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What constitutes an offense can be defined and re-defined as needed, right? Times and perceptions change, so does the law, hence rights and freedoms, too. I mean like the right to freedom of expression and press?!
Government inspections on non-governmental organizations in Turkey are ramped up following recent provisions of a law raising government suppression over civil society organizations. International funds and grants are reported to be the focus.
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.
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.
The Turkish president’s decision to withdraw from the İstanbul Convention raises several very important questions of international law that need to be duly addressed by the international community, especially the Council of Europe members and organs. The move sets a dangerous precedent not only for Turkey, but the other European States.
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."