Turkey rapidly closing its civic space

SOLIDAR is concerned about the civic space in Turkey, as the government by executive order has last Friday suspended the operations of some 370 non-profit organisations.

SOLIDAR is concerned about the civic space in Turkey, as the government by executive order has last Friday suspended the operations of some 370 non-profit organisations. The associations affected by Friday's ban were allegedly linked to the Gülen movement, Kurdish militant group PKK, far-leftist militant group DHKP-C and Islamic State, the Turkish Interior Ministry said. However, the suspension reaches far beyond these groups and included environmentalist movements, childcare centers and lawyers’ associations that are merely critical of the current government. These new actions signalise a wider trend of crack-down on the plurality of democracy in a time when the Erdogan-regime is pushing for constitutional reforms to establish a Presidential system in Turkey; a process which demands constructive public debate and engagement of all Turkish citizens.


© Photograph: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP as on https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/19/turkey-sacks-15000-education-workers-in-purge.

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