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Nationalism in Turkey: Roots and Contemporary Answers

Nationalism has been the most influential trend in both current political discussions as well as the in emergence of more engrained political processes in Turkey. In all political strands from the far left to the far right, a ferment, or at least an influential force of nationalism exists in varying tones and different degrees. 

By Yahya Kemal Can

Media Capture Central European Style

With foreign owners leaving the market, Central European oligarchs are buying whatever they can get their hands on. The region is an object lesson in how vested interests can create a quasi-media monopoly on information.

70 Years of Human Rights. Indivisible. Inalienable. Universal.


70 years ago, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We work with our partners around the world towards making democracy and human rights, dignity and freedom a reality for all. The triad of HUman Rights - Democracy- Ecological Sustainability is the basis for our work.

By Barbara Unmüßig

A feminist critique of the atomic bomb


The “realist” discourse about nuclear weapons promises that weapons prevent war. A feminist analysis helps to understand how nuclear weapons are a patriarchal tool, benefitting the patriarchy.

By Ray Acheson

Southeast Asia: Time for a Pushback in Media Spaces

Digital, online and social-media avenues undoubtedly offer an alternative or complementary channel for news, because of the inherent difficulty in censoring these spaces. Their wide reach and levels of engagement have saved lives during disasters or emergencies.

Women’s Museums

The Women's Museum brings together women's museums from different countries of the world.

Civic Charter

Repression of civil society is on the rise all over the world. The charter aims to support civil society organizations as activists throughout the world, to advocate for their rights and freedom of action, and to demand government guarantees.

Authoritarian repression under the pretext of sovereignty

The repression of civil societies activites in countries like Egypt and Russia are justified with the "protection of the states sovereignity" and the "principle of non-intervention". When unwelcomed critique is silenced, activists need all our solidarity and support.

Conference: From War to Peace, from Conflict to Resolution

The Turkey Representation of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, the Diyarbakir Institute for Political and Social Research, İsmail Beşikçi Foundation and Open Society Foundation will jointly organize the international conference “From War to Peace, from Conflict to Resolution” in Istanbul on December 13, 2014 and in Diyarbakir on December 14, 2014. 


We regret to inform you that due to current developments in Turkey, “From War to Peace, From Conflict to Resolution” conference series, which would be held in Ankara on the 17th of October and in Diyarbakır on the 19th of October have been postponed until further notice and the new date will be announced at a future date.

Social Media and Freedom of Expression Conference

Istanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Law and Heinrich Boell Stiftung Turkey Representation are organizing a conference to elaborate on social media in four different contexts, placing freedom of expression in the heart of the discussions. The aim of this scholarly gathering is to bring together competent names in their respective fields to have comprehensive discussions on the different aspects of this issue.