Despite tremendous government pressure, Turkey’s vibrant civil society has the potential to help the country confront deep political and social problems. This report describes the importance of Turkish civil society and provides historical, political, economic, and legal context for its operation. It addresses the ongoing purge of some civic actors and examines the polarization that continues to divide civil society groups (CSOs) despite their shared predicament. Looking at the major challenges facing Turkey as a whole, the report offers examples of how CSOs can contribute to solutions across the board. Finally, it offers recommendations for how best to support Turkish civil society. The report is available for download here.
Source: TUSEV/Center for American Progress