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CIVICUS spoke to Liana Varon, the Deputy Secretary General of the Third Sector Foundation of Turkey (TUSEV) – BCSDN member and a network of over 100 foundations and associations in Turkey, on the situation concerning freedom of expression and the environment for CSOs. Liana Varon elaborated the case on the arrest of 27 academics early this year, the oppressive environment for journalists, the main concerns over freedom of expression, as well as the necessity for international support to the Turkish civil society. She provided a brief overview of the environment in which Turkish civil society operate during 2015 highlighting that there have been no significant steps forwards toward creating a more enabling environment for civil society development in Turkey, on the contrary, the civic space is shrinking more significantly since the end of Gezi Movement protests of 2013. Unexpectedly, the government announced that a new law governing CSOs will be passed by the end of 2016 and TUSEV is following closely any developments regarding the issue and getting ready for introducing a set of recommendations they have prepared over the past years. More information is available here.

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