In light of the American elections, contemporary Turkey is a
case study in the failure of professional-class moralism in the face
of the populist right, as well as a reminder that things can always
get a lot worse.
migrants in Turkey face many forms of violence - sexual
harassment, forced and early marriage, polygamy and trafficking for sexual
exploitation. The perpetrators include soldiers, border officers and
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.