Can Turkey Build A Bridge over Troubled Waters by Amending the 1982 Constitution?
The articles passed in the referendum are not revolutionary, but they are important for us, the people living in Turkey today. Because they represented a big step forward toward consolidated democracy. The importance of these changes, I think, is their linkage to the democratization process in Turkey. It is one of the longest process of democratization in the world. Since 1940s, Turkey is trying to be a democratic country. It partially achieved this goal. What Turkey could not manage is that its democracy has never been consolidated. And if a democracy is not consolidated, it cannot be strong and continuous.
This is the introduction of the talk delivered by Levent Korkut at the Conference on Deep State, Ergenekon, and Turkey’s Constitutional Referendum, in Washington DC, on September 15, 2010. His presentation is followed by the discussions presented by Ihsan Bal, Mustafa Akyol, and Fevzi Bilgin. Watch the talk here (you may need the latest version of QuickTime to watch the streaming video)].
Professor Levent Korkut teaches political science and public law at Hacettepe University, Ankara. Professor Korkut has involved in several human rights cases covering various human rights issues from ban of headscarf to refugee rights. He was one of the founders of Amnesty International Turkey Branch and from 2002 to 2007 he worked as the chairperson.
He was elected as the Member of International Executive Committee of Amnesty International in 2007. Currently he is steering committee member of Human Rights Joint Platform, a network of national human rights associations. He is also the chairman of Civil Society Development Center, a national association for development of civil society by capacity building support. His articles and reports on public law, human rights and civil society were published in several newspapers and academic journals.