Posted by: becketfund | March 31, 2008

Turkey: Ban on AKP for “Anti-Secular Activities” Considered

ISTANBUL – Turkey’s Constitutional Court decided that it would hear a case for the dissolution of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AKP (Justice and Development Party) on the grounds that the party poses a threat to Turkey’s secular principles the Associated Press reported on March 31. The Chief Prosecutor of the High Court of Appeals has accused the AKP of encouraging “anti-secular activities”, citing, among other things, the party’s efforts to lift a ban on the Islamic headscarf in universities and to ease restrictions on religious education within the country. The Associated Press carries details of the story, while the New Anatolian provides excerpts from the case itself.

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