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Time for Turkey

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Kingdom of Bahrain. Source: Google images

I have already mentioned here of having a representative from Turkey attending my human rights course at the University of Tartu. We have already discussed the decisionmaking system in the EU and Turkey, and have found those systems owning similar features. But the course began with the concept of democracy and democratic values in Europe, still I have never asked how those concepts are understood in Turkey. We have discussed the ECHR and the case law of the ECtHR, but I have never asked how are the ECHR (basing on the UDHR) and the case-law of the ECtHR understood by Muslims in Turkey. I have never asked how the values in the ECHR (for example, freedom of expression) are understood under Islamic ethics. And I have never asked what do the Turkish people generally think of the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam (the document does not see state as source of human rights, but does it see Sharia or human being as source of human rights?)

The enlargement negotiations with Turkey began in October 2005. I have thought that these days comparative lawyers, competent both in European values and law, and Islamic values and laws could really be wanted. 

If also Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo under UN Security Council Resolution 1244, Montenegro, Serbia and Iceland have all become EU candidate countries, one might ask, whether and when, for example, the Kingdom of Bahrain could become a candidate country.

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