I. SOME ARTICLES OF THE
CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF TURKEY181
II. PRIME MINISRTY HUMAN
RIGHTS REPORT-TURKEY, 2007.243
III. PRIME MINISTRY HUMAN
RIGHTS REPORT-TURKEY, 2008.289
IV. HONOUR KILLINGS REPORT345
V. MISSING CHILDREN REPORT
VI. FIGHTING AGAINST TORTURE AND
VII UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS399
FOREWORD TO THE SECOND EDITION
first edition of this book was published in 2012. Over the past eight years,
major changes have been made to the constitution and thus to constitutional
system. Therefore, writing a second edition became essential. In this edition, I have
thoroughly reviewed the book and made necessary changes meticulously.
This new edition consists of numerous writings,
presentations and speeches that I have made in international
seminars/conferences, prefaces and critiques that I have written for various
books, and reports prepared with great devotion when I was the President of
Human Rights at the Prime Ministry of Turkey. By taking these pieces of
contributions together in a book, I would like have it convenient for readers to
access these important pieces of work in a single volume.
Among few books on Turkish law written in English are the General Priciples of Turkish Law,
written by Kudret Güven, and the Introduction to Turkish Law, edited by Tuğrul Ansay and Don Wallace
JR (where the section on constitutional law written by Ergun Özbudun). There are also
invaluable policy pieces such as “What
Are Human Rights (Basic Knowledge and the Developments in Turkey Concerning
Human Rights)” of the Prime Ministry Human Rights Presidency. A similar study have
been done on human rights by Republic of
Turkey Prime Ministry Undersecretariat of Public Order and Security, entitled“The Silent Revolution (Turkey’s Democratic Change and
Transformation Inventory (2002-2012)” in Turkey.
I hope that readers find this book instrumental for broadening the
understanding on human rights from a constitutional perspective. I also hope
that any possible remaining errors or omissions are taken lightly in my efforts
to further shed light on these important issues.
In this edition,
I would like to thank very much to Kerim-Ulviye, Rabia, Bekir-Zeynep-Kerem,
Salih-Hande-Ali, Mehmet-Busra-Yusra, and Yetkin Publishing and their employees.
In this edition, I would like to thank very much to Bekir, Salih and Mehmet for
their helpful comments. Additional
thanks very much to Associate Professor Salih Fendoğlu Economist at for his reviewing and contributions the book.
Hacettepe Beytepe, Ankara
January 10, 2020.
Kudret, General Principles of Turkish Law ,Yetkin Yayınları, Ankara 2016, Fourth
Edition, ss. 1-275.
Tuğrul-Don Wallace Jr, Introduction
to Turkish Law, 3rd
Edition, Kluver Law and Taxation Publishers, 1987, Norwell, USA, ve Olgaç
Matbaası, Ankara 1987, ss. I+XV, 1-279.
 Republic of
Turkey Prime Ministry, What Are Human
Rights (Basic Knowledge and the Developments in Turkey Concerning Human Rights), January 2008, ss.
(1-71). I was President of Prime
Ministry Human Rights Presidency.
 Republic of
Turkey Prime Ministry Undersecretariat of Public Order and Security, The Silent Revolution (Turkey’s Democratic
Change and Transformation Inventory (2002-2012), 2nd Edition,
Ankara, October 2013.