Affected by the murder of Italian artist Pippa Bucca, 21 Turkish women are taking part in a 296-km bike ride from Beirut to Palestine this May, and dedicate their ride to her and peace.
According to a Human Rights Watch press release, people in Turkey who work on working on sexual orientation and gender identity issues, continue to be targeted.
A statement from the Italian chapter of Women in Black (WiB) on the recent sentencing of Leyla Zana to 2 years in prison.
"Février 2008, le Parti de la Justice et du Développement (AKP), au pouvoir en Turquie, permet aux femmes de porter le voile à l'Université, ce qu'interdisait jusque-là la Constitution, laïque, du pays."
Turkey's chief prosecutor has asked the Constitutional Court to ban the governing AK Party, accusing it of anti-secular activities.
Kaya Arslan: "C’est surtout depuis quelques années que la question du foulard a suscité des débats passionnés...C’est aussi une conséquence de changements intervenus dans le pays - urbanisation, mobilité sociale, développement des classes moyennes."
Turkey is preparing to publish a document that represents a revolutionary reinterpretation of Islam - and a controversial and radical modernisation of the religion.
Turkish Muslim women who wear headscarves will have access to Turkish [state] universities after parliamentarians voted to overturn a decade-long ban last week.
"The issue raises a big question about Mr. Erdogan: is he dedicated to his party’s plans for comprehensive constitutional reform, or is he simply serving the interests of religion? The latter would be a grave error..."
Two major parties in Turkey have submitted a joint plan to parliament to ease a ban on the Islamic headscarf in the country's universities. Polls suggest there is strong public support for lifting the ban.
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