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“No civil constitution without us”

Last Update 22.12.2011

100 NGOs who believe in the necessity of a civil, pluralistic, equalitarian, libertarian, democratic, participatory and ecological constitution held a march to Turkish Grand National Assembly. A symbolic model of a Constitution was left in front of the Assembly and demands were revealed out to law makers.

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100 NGOs from different parts of Turkey held a march to Turkish Grand National Assembly in the context of “Civil Voices” Festival held in Ankara on 3 July 2011 for a civil, pluralistic, equalitarian, libertarian, democratic, participatory and ecological constitution. The aim of the organizations was to accelerate the process of making a new constitution and opening channels for an efficient participation of NGOs in this process.

The slogan of the organizations was “No civil constitution without us! Let’s do it together this time!”

and they marched to the Assembly after their press release in front of the Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street at 10.30. They were stopped by security forces in Akay Junction and not allowed to march to the Assembly. After negotiations a group of representatives were allowed to leave a Model Civil Constitution and a leaflet containing the demands of the NGOs about participating in making the new Constitution in front of the Assembly gate and the protest thus finished.

All of the organizations, without any discrimination, which will strive to participate in the process of making a new constitution will turn this process into a campaign and say “No civil constitution without us!” A written statement, which invite all the NGOs to participate in this process to form a participatory and non discriminative mechanism before making the new constitution, will be opened for the signature of the whole of Turkey. Organizations which would like to sign the text can reach it at www.sivilsesler.org and see a list of the participatory organizations there.

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