Significant women’s rights legislation has been passed in Turkey in recent years, but now that a radical Islamist is in charge, those rights are ignored and (‘honor’) abuse/killings of women by Muslim men is on the rise.
The Balance of power between the forces of radical Islam and Western democracy underwent a monumental sea change recently when 58% of the voters in Turkey approved of a referendum that will bolster the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and serve to transform the once secular nation into an Islamic republic.
This is bad news for the secularists since Erdogan in the past has attempted to dissolve all distinction between mosque and state. He instituted legislation that would make adultery a criminal offense and attempted to lift the ban on women wearing head coverings and burqas in the public universities. “This is a radical decision point for the future of Turkey,” said lawyer Baris Aslan. “This is the spot between the religious and the secular, between despotism or democracy.
Despite the fact that Turkey under the AKP strengthened its bonds to Iran and Syria and severed its ties to Israel, President Barack Obama has been supportive of the Erdogan regime, lauding what he called Turkey’s thriving democracy.