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The Civil Servants' Trade Union (Memur-Sen) has collected more than 11 million signatures across the country as part of a campaign to abolish the headscarf ban for civil servants.
The campaign is titled “10 million signatures for freedom.”
The union announced on Wednesday that its campaign for the collection of signatures across Turkey ended on Tuesday and that it will present the signatures to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Head of Memur-Sen's Konya office, Latif Selvi, said that 562,725 signatures were collected in his province, a record for petitions in Konya. He stated that a country trying its coup-plotters should no longer maintain such a ban, which is also not compatible with Turkey's current Constitution, he noted.
“Turkey should get rid of such restrictions against to civil servants. After we present the signatures to the prime minister, it will be the government, Parliament and political parties' turn to do their job and eliminate this ban. We call on all political parties to contribute to the efforts to rid the country of this problem,” he stated.
The ban on wearing headscarves has long been an issue of debate in Turkey.
The headscarf ban in Turkish universities, which was introduced after the Feb. 27, 1997 coup, was eased after the Higher Education Board (YÖK) sent a circular to universities in 2010 asking them to admit headscarf-wearing students. The unofficial ban on the use of headscarves is also in practice in government offices, where employees are told to leave their hair exposed.Last Mod: 21 Şubat 2013, 15:06