Upcoming Event: “The Other Side of Turkey: Meet & Greet with Turkish Civil Society Representatives”

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Monday, 14 March 2016, 12.00-14.00
Venue: Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels

Not long ago, the Turkish economy was booming and the country was converging with European Union values and its acquis communautaire. A major contributor to this success was the continuous engagement of civil society organizations in various spheres of Turkish society.

But recently, in an effort to consolidate political power and to maintain stability within the country, the government has enacted severe limitations on freedom of assembly and freedom of expression, directly affecting the work of civil society organizations and the media.

How can civil society organizations operate in such an environment? Where do they see openings to advocate for change? How can European institutions and organizations contribute to strengthening civil society in Turkey?

We welcome you to meet “the other side of Turkey”, represented by various civil society organizations, for an informal exchange on the chances and challenges of civil society in Turkey.


Hans H. Stein
Director, European and Transatlantic Dialogue, Friedrich Naumann Foundation

Civil Society Representatives

Zeynep Alemdar,
Head of the European Union Research Center, Okan University

Yasemin Özbal,
Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation

Yasemin Çongar,
P24 Platform for Independent Journalism

Çisel Ileri,
IKV – Economic Development Foundation

Nazlican Kanmaz,
3H Movement

Murat Köylü,
KAOS Gay Lesbian Association

Bican Şahin
Freedom Research Association

Anna Reineke
Programme Coordinator, Friedrich Naumann Foundation

Kindly register for this event by 10 March 2016 at http://tinyurl.com/meetandgreetturkey

Please note that you will be forwarded to a Google Drive sheet. Should you wish to register with us directly please send an email to register.brussels@fnst.org. Photographs will be taken at the event for use on the FNF website, social media, in the press, FNF marketing materials, and other publications. By entering this event, you consent to FNF photographing and using your image and likeness.