Turkish Referendum – April 2, 2017

Turkish Referendum – April 2, 2017

Turkish Referendum – April 2, 2017

Turkey: with presidential powers on the rise, is democracy on the decline?

Alison speaks to New York Times journalist Patrick Kingsley from Istanbul about the current situation on the ground in Turkey.

Also, Karabekir Akkoyunlu, a Turkish academic from Graz, Austria, talks about the crackdown on academic freedom in Turkey following last year’s coup attempt.

Emma Sinclair-Webb, Turkey director for Human Rights Watch, discusses the need for the international community to talk to Turkey about protecting human rights and democracy.

Alison talks to Chris Kilford, fellow at the Queen’s Centre for International and Defence Policy, about what role the Canadian government could play in improving human rights concerns in Turkey and the situation in the larger region.

Mahir Zeynalov, a journalist formally based in Turkey, discusses the crackdown on press freedoms in the country following last year’s attempted military coup.