It is just like that. In another round of never ending headscarf issue, Higher Education Council (YÖK) sent university presidents a memo to actually lift the ban. But of course it will take more time to legally change the situation… It is only after the miserable defeat of Kemalist forces in referendum, this shameful ban comes closer to be lifted…
But we have many other problems. Here is a roundup of human rights issues in Turkey:
The Higher Education Council partly lifted the controversial headscarf ban at universities. According to a circular sent by the Council, students may no longer be expelled from class because of their attire. Disciplinary proceedings will be taken against lecturers who do otherwise.
from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA- Hürriyet Daily News
The ambiguity over a plan to restructure the country?s conscription regulations is getting deeper, as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan denied his deputy?s statement that these regulations were suspended.
The AKP and now the opposition secularist Republican People?s Party (CHP) under its new leadership are both seeking a way to change the constitution to allow women who cover their heads to attend university, something that is presently banned. But it looks like YÖK (the Higher Education Council that sets the rules in practice) has vaulted ahead by indicating, in a ruling on a particular case, that headscarves are OK in the classroom.
The International Press Institute condemned the prosecution of journalist Saymaz on the grounds of articles related to the “Ergenekon” trial and investigation. He faces imprisonment of up to 79 years. IPI Manager Mills criticized the authorities.
As is known, we have compulsory religion classes in Turkey. The way these lessons are taught and the exemption process for those who do not want to attend those lessons have caused some problems. I will try to explain these problems and their root causes in this piece and in the following. Let us look at the legal framework first and see what is really happening in practice in the schools.
Republican People?s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu continues to draw criticism for offering Iranian or Pakistani-style head coverings, which leave some hair exposed, as a solution to Turkey?s controversial headscarf problem, which prevents many women from having access to higher education.