Recent law reform initiatives on sexual crimes against
children in Turkey reveal the growing danger for women and girls, and the need to
interrogate the myths and biases underlying the “our culture” discourse.
By failing to condemn ongoing human rights violations
in Turkey, the Council of Europe Secretary General betrays the regional human
rights system he is supposed to promote. Originally published on 1 September 2016, updated September 6.
state repression include tactics such as excessive fining of independent
organisations on the basis of questionable audits, and attacking organisations
in the state media. Then there is state co-option.
A critical engagement with the question of the ‘right’
relationship between religion and politics, would immensely benefit analysis of
the events in Turkey, as well as future European political decision-making.