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Turkey: Call to replace secularism with a religious constitution met with opposition

Turkey: Call to replace secularism with a religious constitution met with opposition

Posted: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:42

The Turkish politician charged with redrafting the country's constitution has called for an Islamic constitution as opposition leaders warn that "Secularism is there to ensure that everyone has religious freedom."

Fears for women’s rights in Turkey as Justice Ministry “to classify violence against women as a ‘petty crime’”

Fears for women’s rights in Turkey as Justice Ministry “to classify violence against women as a ‘petty crime’”

Posted: Fri, 06 Nov 2015 11:05

Proposals by the Turkish Ministry of Justice to treat sexual harassment and violence against women less severely have drawn widespread condemnation from campaigners.

Turkish musician Fazıl Say awarded 2015 International Secularism Prize

Turkish musician Fazıl Say awarded 2015 International Secularism Prize

Posted: Thu, 29 Oct 2015 10:44

Turkey's most famous modern pianist has been awarded the International Secularism Prize (Prix de la Laïcité) by the France Committee of Secularism, two years after being convicted of blasphemy for a series of tweets.

Turkish President restates his belief that Muslims discovered America

Turkish President restates his belief that Muslims discovered America

Posted: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:45

Christopher Columbus has been removed from the Turkish school's syllabus after President Erdogan claimed Muslim sailors discovered the Americas in the 12th century.

Turkey’s headscarf ban lifted in latest assault on the secular state

Turkey’s headscarf ban lifted in latest assault on the secular state

Posted: Tue, 01 Oct 2013 15:05

Turkey's Islamist Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, yesterday continued his programme of Islamisation of the country by lifting the ban on the wearing of Muslim headscarves in public offices.

Crackdown on secular intellectuals in Turkey continues

Crackdown on secular intellectuals in Turkey continues

Posted: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 22:17

A senior astrophysics professor in Turkey appears to be the latest target of what academics and scientists in that country say is an ongoing campaign by its conservative government to intimidate secular intellectuals.

Turkey wants to retrieve children adopted by Christians and gays

Turkey wants to retrieve children adopted by Christians and gays

Posted: Fri, 22 Feb 2013 06:15

Turkey recently launched a campaign to retrieve Turkish children in European countries who have been taken from their parents and given to Christian couples, starting the process by taking back children from gay and lesbian couples.

Poll shows Turks want secularism

Poll shows Turks want secularism

Posted: Wed, 28 Nov 2012 15:08

An overwhelming majority of Turkish people want secularism to be included in the country's new charter, a recent survey conducted by KONDA for the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) has revealed.

Turkish government moves its Islamist agenda forward another step

Turkish government moves its Islamist agenda forward another step

Posted: Thu, 15 Nov 2012 14:03

Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has continued its attempt at step-by-step Islamisation of the country by removing "Atatürk's reforms and principles" and "secularism" from the wording of the parliamentary oath in its submission to the Constitutional Conciliation Commission.