STATE TERROR, HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS, AND AUTHORITARIANISM IN TURKEY

Report of the Third Imrali Peace Delegation, based on its Visit to Turkey, Feb. 13-19, 2017.

INTRODUCTION

The events of the past year-and-a-half demonstrate very clearly that there can be no democracy in Turkey without a peaceful resolution of the Kurdish question. The political situation in the country has deteriorated dramatically over the past year-and-a-half, since the breakdown of the peace process in mid-June 2015, and especially since the failed coup in mid-July 2016.

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13th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON “THE EU, TURKEY, THE MIDDLE EAST AND THE KURDS:

DEMOCRACY SUSPENDED, ISIS AND THE CRISIS IN THE MIDDLE EAST”

Wednesday 7 & Thursday 8 of January 2016 European Parliament, Brussels

THE FINAL RESOLUTION OF THE 13th ANNUAL EUTCC CONFERENCE:KURDISH RECOMMENDATIONS AND DEMANDS

KURDISH DEMANDS AND THE DENIAL POLICY

The Kurds believe that their problems can be resolved within the borders of Turkey through dialogue and democratic methods. They wish their national identity to be recognised in the constitution, and to benefit from cultural and political rights safeguarded by international conventions. They also desire a political status through which to attain self-government, as realised in many democratic countries. Failing to accommodate their demands, the Turkish state has not yet abandoned its 93-year-old policy of denial and violence, proving unable to change its mentality. Continue reading “13th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON “THE EU, TURKEY, THE MIDDLE EAST AND THE KURDS:”

EUTCC 12TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE:

Peace in Kurdistan

Campaign for a political solution of the Kurdish Question

Email: [email protected]

www.peaceinkurdistancampaign.com

Contacts Estella Schmid 020 7586 5892 & Melanie  Gingell – Tel: 020 7272 7890

Patrons: Lord Avebury, Lord Rea, Lord Dholakia, Baroness Sarah Ludford, Jill Evans MEP, Jean Lambert MEP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Hywel Williams MP, Kate Osamor MP, Elfyn Llwyd, Sinn Fein MLA Conor Murphy, John Austin, Bruce Kent, Gareth Peirce, Julie Christie, Noam Chomsky, John Berger, Edward Albee, Margaret Owen OBE, Prof Mary Davis, Mark Thomas, Nick Hildyard, Stephen Smellie, Derek Wall, Melanie Gingell

EUTCC 12TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE:

Summary of the main contributions and Conference Final Resolution

February 2016

Peace in Kurdistan Campaign participated in this year’s European Union Turkey Civil Commission (EUTCC) conference, which took place at the European Parliament in Brussels on 26th and 27th January 2016.*)

 The EUTCC was formed in 2004 as a mechanism to monitor the accession of Turkey to the EU, to promote respect for human rights and a peaceful, democratic and long-term solution to the Kurdish situation. It seeks to achieve this by bringing together EU Paliamentarians, leading academics, writers, legal experts, human rights institutions and prominent Turkish and Kurdish intellectuals to discuss and debate key issues and obstacles to accession.

 The EUTCC conducts an annual audit of Turkey’s compliance with the accession criteria as set out in the Accession Agreements. It also makes recommendations, acts as a point of contact, and exchanges information with the institutions of the EU and other governmental and non-governmental organizations, and disseminates information both in Turkey and Europe about the progress and shortcomings within the process. Continue reading “EUTCC 12TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE:”