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About Safak Pavey

Safak Pavey is a Turkish MP of the main opposition social democrat party, CHP. She has worked for the UNHRC, and also works in the fields of humanitarian aid and peace-building. She was recently honoured with the “Secularist of the Year” award by the National Secular Society (NSS).

Articles by Safak Pavey

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The rise of political Islam in Turkey: how the west got it wrong

Only western pundits could have nurtured the hope that someone with strong loyalties to Sharia would also abide by secular law in Turkey. Turkish opposition MP, Safak Pavey, says that by now they must be amazed at how wrong they were.

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