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Europe and Eurasia Director Participates in Hill Briefing on Turkey


On Tuesday, May 2, 2017, International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) Regional Director for Europe and Eurasia Dr. Beata Martin-Rozumiłowicz participated in a joint Capitol Hill briefing of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission) and the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on “Turkey Post-Referendum: Institutions and Human Rights.”

Dr. Martin-Rozumiłowicz, the first panelist to speak, commented on the conduct of Turkey’s April 2017 constitutional referendum. Citing observer reports and best practices, she critiqued the referendum’s legal framework, administration and complaint/appeal processes, as well as limitations to voter registration, campaign activities, and balanced media coverage.

Dr. Martin-Rozumiłowicz was joined on the panel by:

  • Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA, opening remarks)
  • Henri Barkey, Director, Middle East Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Ebru Erdem-Akçay, Turkish political scientist
  • Nate Schenkkan, Project Director, Nations in Transit, Freedom House
  • Everett Price, Policy Advisor, Helsinki Commission (moderator)

Please click here to view a full video of the event.

Please click here to view IFES’ FAQs on “Elections in Turkey: 2017 Constitutional Referendum.”