After years of controversy and concern it appears two key Turkish political parties have found a way to finally resolve the ban on wearing a headscarf in their country’s universities. The original ban stemmed from efforts of secular minded Turks to halt efforts of religious hardliners who were attempting to force all females to wear the headscarf. The Justice and Development Party which currently holds power had promised to end the ban. Yesterday, it agreed with leaders of the opposition National Movement Party to insert the following two sentences into Article 10 of the constitution:
‘In all their actions, state institutiions and administrative officers shall observe the principle of equality before the law.”
“No one shall be deprived of their right to a higher education because of their apparel.”
Hopefully this finally potects both secular and religious rights.
P.S. This blog attempted to access an article in today’s Zaman which described the discovery of a mass grave in Turkey. We believe the information is being blocked because the grave may be that of Armenian victims of the genocide against them. This is an hypothesis and we can not prove the validity of our hunch.