On May 13, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted a breakfast seminar on Turkey, Islamism and the refugee crisis. Turkey is a key player in the refugee crisis, and is using its role to strengthen its leverage towards the EU. The deteriorating state of democracy and human rights in the country raises concerns at the same time as more and more power concentrates around the president himself. (more…)

Bican Şahin, Chairman of the Freedom Research Association in Turkey, is interviewed by Tove Lifvendahl, Political Editor of the Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet, on the developments in Turkey

Watch the interview here

New JHS report on LGBT in Turkey

December 16th, 2015   News | Turkey

Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation, in cooperation with the Turkish think-tank Freedom Research Association, publishes a new report on LGBT-issues in Turkey. The report is based on the discussions between LGBT-organizations, civil society activists, researchers, journalists and politicians at the conference “Promoting Tolerance – LGBT in Turkey,” hosted in Ankara, September 2015.

The report aims to describe a variety of opinions on the current situation and how to move forward on issues of tolerance and LGBT in the country.

Read the report

In cooperation with the Turkish think-tank, Association for Liberal Thinking (ALT), Jarl Hjalmarson arranged a weekend seminar on the basics of a democratic and free society. The conference took place in Istanbul, November 21-23, 2014 and gathered students from different parts of Turkey. (more…)

Deltagare under konferensen

Deltagare under konferensen

Association for Liberal Thinking (ALT) is one of the leading think-tanks in Turkey and attracts students from all over the country to its seminars. The base is in Ankara, but April 11-13 2014, a number of students and university professors met in Istanbul to discuss the core values of democracy. The conference was organized together with Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation and inspired by the book Principles for a Free Society, exclusively written by Dr. Nigel Asford for the Foundation. (more…)

Diskussioner i Istanbul om religionsfrihet

Discussions in Istanbul on religious freedom

February 5-6, Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation in cooperation with European Stability Initiative hosted a round-table conference in Istanbul, on freedom of religion in Turkey and the EU member states. The participants were academicians, diplomats, politicians and activists, and the discussions focused on concrete suggestions concerning how the situation can be improved for religious communities and their legal status. (more…)

In Turkey, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation is co-operating with the Turkish think tank Association for Liberal Thinking (ALT) with the aim of strengthening the knowledge of freedom, democracy and market economy among Turkish youth with considerable political interest. (more…)

Discussions on political justice, courts and human rights in Turkey today

Discussions on political justice, courts and human rights in Turkey

June 10-11, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted a round-table conference in Stockholm together with the think-tank European Stability Initiative (ESI) on political prisoners in Europe, focusing on the situation in the Council of Europe and its member states. (more…)

A new report from the European Stability Initiative (ESI) analyses the current stalemate between Turkey and the European Union concerning visa liberalisation. It also suggests a concrete way forward.

Read the report “Cutting the Visa Knot”

March 23-24, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation organised a conference for university students in Ankara in cooperation with the Turkish think-tank Association for Liberal Thinking. The conference was based on Nigel Ashford’s study guide”Principles for a Free Society”, which discusses basic ideas of a liberal democracy. (more…)