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Where Do We Go from Here?


Spring 2021 Vol. 20 No. 1


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Foreword. The Spring 2021 edition inquires, “Where Do We Go from Here?”—exploring the deteriorating state of human rights across the globe, from social injustices in the US, to Turkey’s withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention, and to the Chinese government’s growing repression of Uyghurs in Xinjiang.

The Power to Change the World.“We recognize that we are at an inflection point, a place in history where what we do now can determine whether we actually see systemic change in our nation. This moment demands that we act,” writes Delise O’Meally.

What Is Wrong? “With such serious human rights violations, territorial advances, and, not to mention, the 3-million-plus death count from coronavirus worldwide, it is critical that China comes clean to the world now more than ever,” writes Kemal Köprülü.

China’s Crimes against Humanity. “The Turkish government needs to move forward with concrete policies to press the Chinese government for accountability and justice for Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples in Xinjiang,” writes Maya Wang.

The Istanbul Convention. “Women's organizations, bar associations, and legal organizations that combated violence against women used the explicit provision of the Istanbul Convention as a basis for violence cases. Now we have concerns about what will happen in such cases,” writes Tuba Torun.

Would a Farewell to Erdoğan Mean Democracy for Turkey? “A post-Erdoğan era would not automatically spell democracy for Turkey, especially when observing the country’s authoritarian practices even before Erdoğan came onto the scene,” write Mehmet Yegin and Salim Çevik.

Our Struggle for Gender Equality. “For those who believe the Convention violates our customs, traditions, and family values, I ask: In what part of our tradition is there a rule allowing violence against women,” asks Gözde Serbest.

2020: The Year of Change. “History has shown us that people and other government leaders tend to take advantage of world leaders who are perceived to be weak,” writes Nancy Butler.

Extremism in Pakistan. “Extremism is a worldwide phenomenon and no nation is free of it. However, the essence of extremism varies from society to society as a result of socio-economic opportunities,” writes Ali Abbas.

Book Review: Pusto tursko. “The aim of this critical review is to put forward Pusto tursko’s qualities, but also point out some flaws in the approach to the subject matter and help provide a clear picture of what the book actually represents,” writes Miloš Todorović.

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