Philosophy and Politics - Critical Explorations

Human Rights in Turkey

Assaults on Human Dignity

Editors: Aydin, Hasan, Langley, Winston (Eds.)

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  • Provides the historical setting of Turkey with respect to the development of democracy, human rights issues, and the treatment of cultural and ethnic minorities
  • Tells the tale of the consequences of the measures taken after the failed coup attempt 
  • Examines some of the thorniest questions of Turkish democratization and human rights
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The book provides the historical setting of Turkey related to the development of democracy, human rights issues, the treatment of cultural and ethnic minorities, and the short- and long-term consequences of the crackdown including impacts on individuals, institutions like education and the media, the criminal justice system, the economy, and Turkey’s standing in the international community. Since the foundation of the Republic of Turkey, the military and the media have been the main traditional powers of oppressive, secularist, and nationalist regimes in the country. After a period of initial reforms, rather than eliminating the structures of the authoritarian state, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan seized the levers of power and used them aggressively against his political enemies. He turned Turkey into a one-man regime after the failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016, and his actions included the widespread violation of human rights.


This book tells the tale of the consequences of the measures taken after the failed coup attempt that have adversely impacted the development of democracy and human rights in Turkey, altering the nation’s course of history. Beginning with a State of Emergency that was declared in July of 2016, Turkey has moved to a more authoritarian state. Among the consequences of the actions taken have been imprisonment of hundreds of thousands, the shuttering of media, the dismissal of public employees, the dismissal of academics, jailed elected Kurdish politicians, and the misuse of the criminal justice to victimize the population. Adverse effects have included widespread violations of human rights, torture, and mistreatment of prisoners, false imprisonment, and the absence of the right to a fair trial. This book examines some of the thorniest questions of Turkish democratization and human rights, including the underlying reasons for the decay of democracy and what has happened as a result of this decay. Among these is a deterioration of the educational system, a reduction in economic stability, the absence of the rule of law and due process, a radical transformation of the country, and violations of universal human rights.


Endorsements:


As one who knows people who have been victimized by the authoritarian regime in Turkey, “Human Rights in Turkey” provides unique insights and perspectives on the changes that have befallen his wonderful country.  It is truly insightful.

David L. Carter, Ph.D., Michigan State University


Human Rights in Turkey: Assaults on Human Dignity fills a major gap in contemporary political scholarship. Its elucidation of Turkey’s democratic backsliding into a one-man authoritarian regime is insightful and unique. Absolutely required reading for anyone who cares about this beautiful country, its wonderful people, and its uncertain future.

Kati Piri, Member of the European Parliament and Delegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee


Aydin’s and Langley’s book addresses critical issues in a critical case. Turkey had been regarded as a rising democracy in a troubled region, but in recent years the country has experienced troubling signs of democratic erosion. Central to that decline is the precarious status of basic human rights of expression, association, religion, and due process. This book explores what has happened and how it affects individuals and the Turkish polity more broadly.

John M. Carey, Ph.D.. Wentworth Professor in the Social Sciences, Dartmouth College, NH, USA


Turkey was once a poster-boy of the league of modernizing countries – a staunch ally of the West, an almost-democracy that would become better soon enough. It might even be the first Muslim country to join the European Union. That image now lies shattered under the erratic one-man-show of Tayyip Erdoğan. The police state reigns supreme, opposition is cowed, the courts are in shambles, and more journalists are jailed for their opinions than in any other country.


How did it all come to this pass? 


This collection of essays examines the visible and obscure causes of the catclysmic events that have transformed Turkey. They question the long-established state of semi-freedom under secular rule, as well as the “Islamic” challenges that have arisen since Erdoğan’s rise to power.

Sevan Nisanyan, Historian, Linguist, and Political Refugee, Greece


Situated right at the border between East and West, Turkey and its volatile political development continues to attract attention from people interested in the prospect for democracy. This book offers an impressive and thorough account of the recent democratic backsliding and reveals that not only the hope for a consolidation of liberal democracy but also large sections of the population are victims of rising authoritarianism. 

Jacob Torfing, PhD., Professor in Politics and Institutions, Roskilde University, Denmark


A fascinating book detailing the rapid deterioration of human rights in Turkey, involving false imprisonment, job dismissals, media restrictions, and due process violations. A careful examination of the swift decline of democracy, transforming a prospering country into one where economic, educational, and social stability, and the operation of the justice system were impacted by a government declaration of a State of Emergency. A comprehensive analysis of the ways in which a society changes when human rights are not enforced in accord with the principles of due process and the rule of law.

Jay Albanese, PhD., Virginia Commonwealth University, Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs


As a human rights activist and a victim of severe human rights violations in Turkey, I recognize the value of the chapters, as they provide a thorough examination and analysis of subjects regarding Human rights violations in Turkey. The book comprehensively chronicles the events pertaining to the steady rise of political authoritarianism. The relevancy of the issues addressed in each chapter make the book important in regard to the emerging civil society movement in Turkey. Furthermore, the descriptions of the severe decline of human rights and the democratic backsliding towards authoritarianism and facism during the last decade in Turkey, highlights the significance of the book.

Haluk Savas, PhD., Professor of Psychiatry, Psychotherapist And Editor in Chief of KHK TV (Voice of Rights), Turkey


Human rights violations are a world-wide phenomenon, occurring in various capacities and to varying degrees in each country. However, unique to Turkey, is the rapid increase in violations that are not the result of deeply rooted social practices, but rather are contingent upon political decisions. Therefore, the cases of these violations are worthy of study.

Hercules Millas, PhD., Political Scientist, Greece


We are living in a “Geography of Genocide.”Historically, Unionists (committtee of union and progress) who committed the 1915 Armenian Genocide, established the Republic of Turkey. As a result, a distorted history and official ideology for the state was established. Furthermore, “redlines” in the country, such as the Kurdish Question, the Armenian Genocide, and the Cyprus Issue, were fabricated. Until today, the Turkish Republic remains in denial of the problems that have caused major human rights violations. This book chronicles a very important reality that evaluates the “core state structure” in Turkey, which remains intact even though rulers have changed, through human rights violations.

Eren Keskin, Lawyer and Human Right Activist, The Vice-president of the Human Rights Association, Turkey

About the authors

Hasan Aydin earned his Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 2011. He has served many administrative positions, including associate chair for the department curriculum and instruction, graduate program coordinator, Erasmus exchange student coordinator, and graduate assistantship coordinator for the College of Education. He also has served as the chair of many masters and doctoral dissertation committees. Currently, Dr. Aydin is a human rights activist and a Professor of Multicultural Education in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Culture at Florida Gulf Coast University. He also serves as a director of Education and Youth Empowerment for African Network of South-West Florida. His scholarship focuses on multicultural education, bilingual education, Kurdish language and cultural rights, human rights, social justice, diversity and equity in education, educating refugee students, citizenship education in a global context, and international education. Dr. Aydin’s research cuts across local, national, and international contexts, and he has conducted research with and prepared educators in countries such as Germany, Turkey, Romania, Mongolia, and Nigeria. He is the author of several books, has published numerous articles, has had many conference presentations and has translated several books from English into Turkish. These translations include James A. Banks, An Introduction to Multicultural Education, Geneva Gay, Culturally Responsive Teaching: Theory, Research, and Practice; and Bruce Berg and Howard Lune, Qualitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences. Dr. Aydin is member of several professional organizations including the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the American Psychological Association (APA), the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME), the Korean Association for Multicultural Education (KAME), the International Association for Intercultural Research (IAIE), and the Pi Beta Delta: International Honor Society for International Education.

Dr. Aydin is also a founding editor and editor-in-chief for the Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Studies and the American Journal of Qualitative Research, and an associate editor for the Intercultural Education. He is on the editorial boards of several journals, including the Multicultural Education Review, the International Journal of Education, and the Journal of Cultural Analysis and Social Change. In 2018 and 2019, he was awarded a College of Education professorship for his research, contributions, and publications. Dr. Aydin received the Human Rights Educator Award from the United Nations Human Rights Florida in 2019. In addition, in 2019, Dr. Aydin received an outstanding research award from The Marquis Who’s Who Publication Board. Dr. Aydin served a program chair for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2020/SIG Multicultural/Multiethnic Education: Theory, Research, and Practice.

Winston Langley was a Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and the senior administrator in charge of advancing the University of Massachusetts Boston's academic mission and the quality of its intellectual life. A scholar with a rich, diverse academic background and a seasoned administrator, he has been instrumental in defining and developing UMass Boston's identity as a student-centered, urban public research university with a teaching soul. A professor of political science and international relations since 1982, Dr. Langley served as director of the International Relations Program, senior associate provost, associate chancellor, and interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs before he was named to his current position in 2009. Dr. Langley's scholarly interests include human rights, alternative models of world order, religion, and politics. His research has focused on the inadequacy of the nation-state system, the weakness of intergovernmental organizations (including the United Nations), non-governmental organizations expanding power and influence, and the paucity of alternative models for global ordering. Dr. Langley is the author of Kazi Nazrul Islam: The Voice of Poetry and the Struggle for Human Wholeness and the Encyclopedia of Human Rights Issues Since 1945, for which won the Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award. He is the editor of Human Rights: The Major Global Instruments and (with Vivian Fox) Women's Rights in the United States, which won the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights Award for Outstanding Book on Human Rights in North America. He is a member of the American Society of International Law and a reviewer of nine publications, including New Political Science, Transnational Perspectives, and the International Journal of African Studies. Dr. Langley earned a Bachelor of Arts in biology from Atlantic Union College, a Master of Arts in European diplomatic history and a Doctor of Philosophy in political science and international relations from Howard University, and a Doctor of Laws from Suffolk University.

   

Table of contents (20 chapters)

Table of contents (20 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Human Rights in Turkey
Book Subtitle
Assaults on Human Dignity
Editors
  • Hasan Aydin
  • Winston Langley
Series Title
Philosophy and Politics - Critical Explorations
Series Volume
15
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-57476-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-57476-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-57475-8
Series ISSN
2352-8370
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XLII, 471
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 13 illustrations in colour
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