Once one of the most promising democracies in the region, Turkey has become an elected autocracy. Prior to the July 2016 coup attempt, erosion of the rule of law through overbroad counterterrorism laws and suppression of free expression was a growing concern. The response to the coup attempt resulted in thousands of individuals being purged from the government, journalists and academics arrested, and illiberal changes to the Constitution. The deterioration of human rights and democratic institutions in a critically located NATO ally has important negative implications in the region and worldwide.
This event, co-sponsored by the Human Rights Foundation, the Program on Peace-building and Human Rights at Columbia’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights, the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School, and Columbia Global Freedom of Expression, will bring together leading experts to offer perspectives on the collapse of the rule of law in Turkey and its implications for the country and beyond.
John Coatsworth, Provost - Columbia University in the City of New York
Garry Kasparov, Chairman - Human Rights Foundation
Y. Alp Aslandogan, PhD, President - Alliance for Shared Values
Sinan Ciddi, PhD, Executive Director - The Institute of Turkish Studies, Georgetown University
Sarah H. Cleveland, Louis Henkin Professor of Human & Constitutional Rights, Columbia Law School
David L. Phillips, Director - Peace-building and Human Rights Program, Columbia University Institute for the Study of Human Rights
Steven Cook, Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies - Council on Foreign Relations
Members of the media who are interested in attending should contact Caroline Adelman at [email protected] for details.
Space is limited.