This week's editor

James Ron

James Ron hosts this week's openGlobalRights theme: public opinion and human rights.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

In surprisingly fine fettle: the Turkish election

Grassroots social movements of the style seen at Occupy can be converted into actions that will force their relevance upon established political structures.

Parliamentary politics as the hot potato of post-election Turkey: progress or paralysis?

The elections have been widely interpreted as a revitalization of parliamentary politics in Turkey. Yet a paralyzed parliament's inability to tackle key issues may prove the undoing of opposition promises of change.

Turkish winners matter for debate, loser certain

The really important issue for AKP is to come to a decision about party policy. Do they endorse the Erdoğan style of "making politics"?

Turkey’s election and the Kurdish peace process: what now?

The post-election landscape in Turkey raises new challenges in the search for a lasting settlement of the conflict between Turks and Kurds.

Prospects for a future Kurdistan

A future independent Kurdish state faces many political, economic, and administrative challenges, but its success could be a game-changer in the Middle East.

Digging deep into Turkish politics: what next for HDP?

Long regarded as the biggest threat to Turkey’s political system and territorial integrity, the Kurds have emerged as the champion of Turkish democracy and protector of the country’s parliamentary regime.  

HDP: focus of left-wing opposition beyond pro-Kurdish mobilization

HDP success cannot be understood without taking into consideration the ongoing Kurdish spring in Iraq, Syria and Turkey over the last decade.  

Politics in Turkey is seldom what it seems

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu hinted that the President would be toning down his style of active political leadership and meddling in government. Hours later the President seemed to demur.

Ending the penalization of youth in Turkey?

Turkey’s youth are bearing the brunt of their state’s authoritarian tendencies. Why are they being targeted, and how can the new members of Parliament bring it to an end? 

What next in Turkey?

Turkey's election result is a tribute to its vibrant democracy. But there are hard political and economic tests to come.

Turkey’s election: voting to revisit the past?

Expect more Turkish turbulence and drama to come, and for Turkish politics to once again resemble the years preceding 2002.                

Turkey’s Kurdish movement: in search of 'Real Islam'

In order to gain popularity among Turkey’s Kurdish conservative Muslims, HDP is promoting a “Pro-Kurdish democratic Islam” rather than secularism.

Turkey’s populist politics

Erdoğan’s signature speech act is reciting poems; whereas Demirtaş excites his crowds by singing.  

Turkey’s elections: knowns and unknowns

This vote presents Turkey with momentous choices, with the combative figure of its president at the centre of them all.

Turkey’s democratic deficit

The younger generation is seeing their political awakening in a highly divided Turkey and being forced to take sides in a system where democracy and its institutions are the battleground.

Erdoğan’s “New Turkey”: end of pragmatism?

President Erdoğan’s ego might not only harm the AKP in the long run, but also squander the Islamo-pragmatic political culture it was able to construct in the past 13 years.

The rise of the HDP - elections and democracy in Turkey

“You are not only Turkish, Kurdish; not solely Armenian, Arab, Circassian, Georgian or Bosniak… Alevi, Sunni, Syriac, or Yazidi… Jewish, Hebrew, or Christian. You are all of them.” 

Pro-Kurdish party at the heart of the Turkish elections: prospects for the peace process

As has been seen clearly during this campaign period, the harsh rhetoric used by the AK Party and the HDP regarding one another has brought the negotiations to the edge of a total freeze.

The morphology of a peaceful Turkish protest

They demanded greater rights and fair treatment from Oyak-Renault and Türk Metal, but they argued that their movement had nothing to do with politics.

For judges who defy Turkey’s leaders, short road to jail

While there is undoubtedly a power struggle going on between the government and the Gülen movement, this struggle raises far more important issues for the rule of law in Turkey.

Erdoğan, Syria and the Kurds: be careful what you wish for

A complex political triangulation links the Turkish president with the Syrian imbroglio and the Kurdish question, but his political target is receding.

Hypocrisies and cruelties on the frontier of Fortress Europe

For many refugees, it is only the smugglers who can get them into and then out of Greece. All other legitimate and safe channels are cut off. For the smugglers, many of whom are poor, income from the refugees means that they can survive.

Yes we can? Mustafa Akıncı and a new hope for Cyprus

Akıncı's election victory was greeted with euphoria by both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots. After 40 years of separation, could a solution to the Cyprus dispute finally be within reach?

Surveillance, migrant deaths and humanitarianism in the Mediterranean

Smugglers are not the cause of migration; they are the consequences of the EU’s expanding border surveillance regime. The EU should concentrate on saving migrants from this regime.

Back to the future in Turkish politics: CHP in search of a social democrat identity

Kilicdaroglu not only promised to address the problems of the country’s 17 million poor, but tied the reforms to a timeline, not at all common in Turkish politics. 

The Armenian Genocide and the law

The law, in particular the Law of Abandoned Properties, became the Ottoman Empire's most important tool during the Armenian Genocide a century ago. Economic interests blinded people to the plight of their fellows who were made to disappear. 

Turkey and the Armenian genocide: the next century

For the Armenian diaspora, today is Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day—but not in Turkey. Perhaps members of the country’s Kurdish minority can help shake up a polarised narrative.

Skeletons in the Turkish closet: remembering the Armenian Genocide

Just like the skeletons that were discovered in Diyarbakır in 2012 nearly 100 years after they were buried, Turkey’s past is haunting its future and demanding that we remember the tragic events of the Armenian Genocide.

Turkey is changing, and I am part of that change: an interview with filmmaker Fatih Akin

His new film The Cut directly confronts the Armenian genocide. We talk to acclaimed Turkish-German filmmaker Fatih Akin about genocide commemorations, the Turkish-German community, and what Turkey's notorious Article 301 is doing to debate.

Violence compared: rape in Turkey and India

There are striking similarities in the responses to rape and murder cases of women in India and Turkey: a predilection for punitive measures without addressing the root causes of violence.

Freedom or dignity: media censorship in the new Turkey

Banning one photo from the internet might seem to reflect the paranoia of an increasingly authoritarian AKP regime but Erdogan’s grasp could really be weakening.

Turkey's future: Erdoğan, elections and the Kurds

Turkey is gearing up for pivotal elections on 7 June. At their heart is a complex interplay between presidential ambitions, party fissures, and Kurdish aspirations.

Missing from Turkey’s peace process: memory, truth and justice

The resolution of the Kurdish question is closely linked to both truth and justice for past crimes, but also to ending ongoing state violence against Kurds.

The gender wars in Turkey: a litmus test of democracy?

The pent up fury and grief released by Özgecan Aslan’s attempted rape and gruesome murder reveal deep fault lines and simmering sources of disaffection in Turkish society.

Building "a new Turkey": gender politics and the future of democracy

Can Turkey's government eschew gender equality, demonise the country's dynamic women's movement, and still prevent gender-based violence? Can a party that rejects gender equality be a force for democratisation?

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