Continuity and Change in Human Rights Appropriation: The Case of Turkey

Forthcoming ICON (2023) as part of the symposium on 'The (Mis)appropriation of Human Rights by the New Global Right' edited by Gráinne de Búrca and Katharine Young.

16 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2023

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Başak Çalı

Hertie School of Governance

Esra Demir-Gürsel

Humboldt University of Berlin - Faculty of Law

Date Written: February 21, 2023

Abstract

This article is part of “The (Mis)Appropriation of Human Rights by the New Global Right” Symposium forthcoming in International Journal of Constitutional Law. It analyses the political and legal dynamics of continuity and change in the appropriation of human rights in Turkey by state officials, as it has unfolded in the recent decade against the backdrop of growing authoritarian practices. Human rights appropriation in Turkey has traditionally focused on the interpretation of human rights favoring national security and secular sensibilities to determine who has human rights and to what extent. The recent decade is a case of continuity and change. Whilst the secularist frame has been replaced by a religious frame defining authentic human rights holders as members of the “pious” Turkish Muslim family and society, national security frame has remained a continuous source of human rights appropriation. The article first offers an account of the dynamics of old forms of human rights appropriation in Turkey. It then analyzes the new actors and strategies of new forms of human rights appropriation. We find that Turkey both converges with and diverges from global trends of appropriation of human rights by the new global right

Suggested Citation

Çalı, Başak and Demir-Gürsel, Esra, Continuity and Change in Human Rights Appropriation: The Case of Turkey (February 21, 2023). Forthcoming ICON (2023) as part of the symposium on 'The (Mis)appropriation of Human Rights by the New Global Right' edited by Gráinne de Búrca and Katharine Young. , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4365545 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4365545

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Esra Demir-Gürsel

Humboldt University of Berlin - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Berlin, D-10099
Germany

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