towards a political solution to the Kurdish question in Turkey

Wednesday, 16 May 2012, 6.30-8.30pm

Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ

(Holborn tube station)


Jeremy Corbyn MP

Meral Danis Bestas, Vice-Chair of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), responsible for Justice and Human Rights

Dr Michael Gunter, Professor of Political Science, Tennessee Technological University, Secretary General of EU Turkey Civic Commission (EUTCC)

David Morgan, Secretary Socialist History Society

Stan Newens, former MP and MEP, President of “Liberation” (invited)

Dr Felix Padel,  Social Anthropologist, Author and Political Activist

CHAIR: Margaret Owen OBE, international human rights lawyer

The third volume of Abdullah Ocalan’s prison writings which has just been published is titled the “Road Map to Negotiations” and like earlier volumes presents the Kurdish leader’s thoughts on the prospects of a solution to the longest unsolved conflict in Turkish history. The new volume is a translation of the document which became a focus for high-level secret talks between its author and representatives of the Turkish State in 2009 and which were broken off in 2011. The book remains a topical document and presents an outline of the proposals for a resolution from the Kurdish side which could form the basis of any future negotiations.

The proposals outlined by Ocalan in the new book are widely supported by the Kurdish people and offer the hope of a lasting solution in the future whenever the Turkish government decides to enter into serious negotiations with the Kurds.

In order to help explain what is meant by a “democratic solution to the Kurdish question” and the steps that need to be taken to achieve it, Peace in Kurdistan will be holding an open discussion in London at Garden Court Chambers.

The current stalemate that has emerged since the ending of the secret talks now needs to be overcome and the aim of the meeting will be to debate the issues raised by the new volume and help break the deadlock by ensuring a greater awareness of the demands from the Kurdish side.

The event is organised by Peace in Kurdistan Campaign, Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC) & Liberation

Refreshments will be available!             ALL WELCOME!

For more information or to RSVP for this event contact

Peace in Kurdistan Campaign: Tel 020 7586 5892