NEWS

1. Three days protest: 431 people detained
2. VIDEO GALLERY: Tension in southeastern Turkey.
3. 100 people taken into custody at funeral ceremony
4. Wave of “KCK” arrests expanding
5. KESK and DISK react to KCK operations
6. Number of prisoners in Turkey on high increase
7. TTB: Hopa demonstrator Lokumcu died of tear gas
8. Jailed Turkish publisher appeals to ECHR
9. Crackdowns on KESK and BDP
10. Official: Clash in southeastern Turkey kills 15 rebels, 2 soldiers
11. Turkish officials aided Kurdish militants – prosecutor
12. Turkish Organization Calls on Turkey to Recognize 1915 Genocide
13. Kurdish Youth Committee pledges support for overthrowing Assad
14. Syria’s Neighbors Fear That Fighting Could Spread
15. Kurdish Brothers Sentenced to Death By Iranian Supreme Court
16. Amnesty UK Alienates Kurdish Protesters During Rally 

COMMENT, OPINION AND ANALYSIS

17. Kurds: The Muslim World’s “Unworthy” Victims
18. Turkey’s Foreign Minister Bashes Israel as Turkey Slaughters Kurds
19. IPI Blog: Turkey’s Fractured Front on Press Freedom
20. An interview with young academics on academic freedom in Turkey
21. Judicial Reform Bill – Step into the Right Direction
22. Who Is The Terrorist? by Xende Biradosti
23. PKK, KCK, MİT…
24. Working as a jail torturer ruined my life
25. Kurdish conflict takes toll on Turkey’s image
26. Syria’s Kurds Could Lose Out in Post-Assad Scenario
27. INTERVIEW: Ibrahim Biro – without Kurds Syria will not witness stability
28. The Syrian Dilemma: Turkey’s Response to the Crisis
29. Next Up: Turkey vs. Iran

STATEMENTS AND REPORTS

30. HPG (PKK) HEADQUARTERS STATEMENT ON MILITARY ACTIVITIES, The HPG Central Command, 13 February 2012
31. Urgent Appeal for support by KON-KURD, 13 February 2012
32. Human Rights Foundation of Turkey: Daily Human Rights Report

EVENTS

See below.

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NEWS

1. Three days protest: 431 people detained
15 February 2012 / ANF
At least 89 people have been taken into custody today bringing the total of detained people in the last three days to an astonishing 431. All of these people have been arrested within the context of the so called “fight against terrorism” carried out by the AKP government. In reality most of the people have been arrested before, during or after demonstrations staged to highlight the condition of Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan who has been captured 13 years ago today and has since been in isolation in Imrali prison.
http://en.firatnews.com/index.php?rupel=article&nuceID=4139

2. VIDEO GALLERY: Tension in southeastern Turkey.
Kurds hurled petrol bombs and stones at police in Hakkari as the group gathered to mark the thirteenth anniversary of the capture of Abdullah Ocalan, former head of the Kurdistan Workers Party or PKK. Police responded with water canons and smoke grenades.
http://www.reuters.com/video/2012/02/15/kurds-police-clash-in-turkey?videoId=230238566

3. 100 people taken into custody at funeral ceremony
14 February 2012 / ANF
Including BDP Akdeniz Municipality Mayor, 100 people have been taken into custody in Mersin as a result of police attack on the funeral ceremony of HPG (People’s Defense Forces) guerrilla Murat Şakar who lost his life in a clash in Batman on 3 February. The mass was attacked with gas bombs and pressure water after carrying the coffin of HPG guerrilla Murat Şakar from the mosque to Güneykent Cemetery.
http://en.firatnews.eu/index.php?rupel=article&nuceID=4129

4. Wave of “KCK” arrests expanding
14 February 2012 / ANF
Following the largest “KCK” wave in 28 cities on 13 February, the AKP regime has taken at least 37 people into custody today in the provinces of Şırnak, Van, Urfa, Diyarbakır, İzmir and Mersin. The number of people who have been taken into custody in the last 48 hours has reached 237. The KCK operation of yesterday continued at evening hours as police took six people into custody in Aktepe village of Diyarbakır while six people, five of whom are children, were at the same hours detained in Van city center.
http://en.firatnews.eu/index.php?rupel=article&nuceID=4128

5. KESK and DISK react to KCK operations
13 February 2012 / ANF
Union of Public Employees Confederation (KESK) has released a statement regarding today’s new simultaneous raids which targeted unions and the BDP (Peace and Democracy Party) in Ankara, Adana, Batman, Mardin, Van, Erzurum, Hakkari, Muş, Diyarbakır, İstanbul, Mersin, Şırnak, İzmir, Urfa, Antep and Hatay. The written statement by KESK remarked that 15 woman executives have been taken into custody in today’s operation and said that; “These operations point out to the increase in AKP government’s attacks against the powers of labor and democracy that continue their struggle without bowing to the government’s labor enemy policies.”
http://en.firatnews.com/index.php?rupel=article&nuceID=4120

6. Number of prisoners in Turkey on high increase
14 February 2012 / ANF
The General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Houses as part of the Ministry of Justice has released a statistic about the number of detainees and convicts imprisoned in Turkey as of 31 January 2012. According to the data, a total of 131,371 detainees and convicts are currently incarcerated in Turkish prisons. Among them 2,360 are children. On 1 January 2011 the number of imprisoned detainees and convicts summed up to 122,449 – a number that increased the total of 8,868 people imprisoned within the past twelve months.
http://en.firatnews.eu/index.php?rupel=article&nuceID=4126

7. TTB: Hopa demonstrator Lokumcu died of tear gas
14 February 2012 / ANF
Turkish Medical Association (TTB) stated on 13 February that the death of Metin Lokumcu, who died after suffering a struck in a demonstration in Hopa on May 31, 2011, was caused by tear gas. The report which was declared with a press statement by TTB Vice President and General Surgery Specialist Prof. Dr. Özdemir Aktan was prepared after 342 lawyers on behalf of Lokumcu’s family had applied to TTB and demanded a scientific report on Lokumcu’s death.
http://en.firatnews.eu/index.php?rupel=article&nuceID=4125

8. Jailed Turkish publisher appeals to ECHR
14 February 2012 / PanARMENIAN.Net
Arrested publisher Ragıp Zarakolu’s lawyers have filed a suit at the European Court of Human Rights to challenge the prosecutor’s orders that led to his arrest on Nov. 1, 2011, as part of the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) trials, according to Hurriyet Daily News. “[The KCK probe] is a politically [motivated] case filed by the AKP [Justice and Development Party] government, and the combination of the prosecutors’ and judges’ lack of independence and impartiality makes it difficult for a just and lawful verdict to be reached,” Zarakolu’s lawyer Özcan Kılıç told the HDN.
http://www.panarmenian.net/eng/news/93553/

9. Crackdowns on KESK and BDP
15 February 2012 / Bianet
The office of the Confederation of Trade Unions of Public Employees (KESK) union employee İsmet Aslan was searched in the scope of a KCK operation (Union of Kurdistan Communities) on Friday (13 January). Aslan was taken into police custody. Provincial and district offices of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) were raided in several provinces.
http://bianet.org/english/minorities/135456-crackdowns-on-kesk-and-bdp

10. Official: Clash in southeastern Turkey kills 15 rebels, 2 soldiers
14 February 2012 / Washington Post
A clash in Turkey’s mostly Kurdish southeast has left 15 Kurdish rebels and two Turkish soldiers dead, officials said Tuesday. The governor’s office in Sirnak province said the clash took place in a mountainous area northeast of Sirnak after troops detected rebel hideouts late Monday.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle-east/official-clash-in-southeastern-turkey-kills-15-rebels-2-soldiers/2012/02/14/gIQAuisFDR_story.html

11. Turkish officials aided Kurdish militants – prosecutor
14 February 2012 / Reuters
A Turkish investigation of links between Kurdish activists and militants has uncovered evidence of state officials aiding the separatists, a prosecutor said on Monday, fuelling speculation about a power struggle within the security apparatus. The statement from the Istanbul state prosecutor’s office coincided with police raids across Turkey to detain around 100 people over alleged ties to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in the same investigation.
http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/02/13/turkey-kurds-idINDEE81C0M120120213

12. Turkish Organization Calls on Turkey to Recognize 1915 Genocide
15 February 2012 / AINA
The Organization of Circassians and Lazes of Turkey (OCLT) has issued a report calling on Turkey to recognize the 1915 Genocide of Assyrians, Armenians and Greeks. The report was issued at a conference organized by OCLT on the rights of minorities in Turkey. The report calls on Turkey to acknowledge the historic events of World War One and to apologize for the genocide and displacement of Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks in 1915, as well as the deportation of Circassians in 1922, and the slaughter of Trakia in 1934.
http://www.aina.org/news/20120215131141.htm

13. Kurdish Youth Committee pledges support for overthrowing Assad
15 February 2012 / Todays Zaman
As unrest in Syria stretches into its 12th month, the leader of a Syrian Kurdish youth group has pledged support for overthrowing the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, saying, “We want to overthrow the Assad regime because they bleed us white.” Ibrahim Murad, who is the secretary-general of the Syrian Kurdish Youth Committee, a group which seeks to coordinate the increasingly active anti-Assad movement among Syria’s Kurdish youth, told the Anatolia news agency on Tuesday that his group hopes the regime can be toppled and that a new constitution can secure equal rights for Kurdish and other Syrian minorities.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-271560-kurdish-youth-committee-pledges-support-for-overthrowing-assad.html

14. Syria’s Neighbors Fear That Fighting Could Spread
15 February 2012 / NPR
Now that the uprising in Syria has turned into a heavily armed conflict, many in the region are worried that the violence will spread beyond its territory. Syria borders Iraq, Turkey, Jordan and Israel, as well as Lebanon, where clashes erupted last Friday in the northern coastal city of Tripoli. Sunni Muslims in one Tripoli neighborhood began protesting against Syrian President Bashar Assad. They put up a huge banner on the side of a mosque that had a picture of Assad, wearing a military uniform, with a big red X across his face.
http://www.npr.org/2012/02/15/146940800/syrias-neighbors-fear-that-fighting-could-spread

15. Kurdish Brothers Sentenced to Death By Iranian Supreme Court
14 February 2012 / RUDAW 

ERBIL, Iraqi Kurdistan — British newspaper The Daily Telegraph has reported that the Supreme Revolutionary Court of Iran has sentenced two Iranian Kurds to death. The report said the two Kurds were members of the Kurdish rebel group Komala, a claim denied by Komala.
http://www.rudaw.net/english/news/iran/4421.html

16. Amnesty UK Alienates Kurdish Protesters During Rally
13 February 2012 / eKurd
Amnesty UK organised an Arab spring solidarity rally on Saturday the 11 of February. As stated on their website, they are a campaigning organisation for justice, fairness and freedom but, unfortunately as the event unfolded Kurdish people were alienated, marginalised and intimidated by protesters. The rally, although it was supposed to be for Arab and African uprisings did not have diverse speakers from post-revolution countries such as Yemen.
http://www.ekurd.net/mismas/articles/misc2012/2/syriakurd422.htm

COMMENT, OPINION AND ANALYSIS

17. Kurds: The Muslim World’s “Unworthy” Victims
13 February 2012 / Peace in Kurdistan Campaign
2011 marked the shift many Middle East observers had been anticipating. Since their formation, nations stretching between the Maghreb and beyond the Levant have endured decades of authoritarian rule. Mohamed Bouazizi’s self immolation within the last year in Tunisia was the ground breaking spark producing an unprecedented defiance to the status quo and has since made revolutionary language requisite to discourse all over the Muslim world – a much needed air of refreshing change.
http://peaceinkurdistancampaign.wordpress.com/2012/02/13/kurds-the-muslim-worlds-unworthy-victims/

18. Turkey’s Foreign Minister Bashes Israel as Turkey Slaughters Kurds
12 February 2012 / Commentary Magazine
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has been visiting Washington, supposedly to talk about Syria. He has, however, upheld his promise last autumn to use every international gathering to bash Israel. As the Turkish press reported at the time: “[Israel] despises and plays with the people’s honor in this region,” Davutoğlu said, adding that Turkey would continue to highlight Israel’s unlawful acts in all international platforms.
http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2012/02/12/turkey-bashes-israel-and-slaughters-kurds/

19. IPI Blog: Turkey’s Fractured Front on Press Freedom
6 February 201 / International Press Institute
Just one day after Turkey’s president said his country must “meticulously” protect press freedom, its prime minister derided a prominent American author for refusing to visit Turkey over the country’s treatment of the media.The conflicting messages are the latest example of disunity among Turkey’s leadership about how to handle increasingly vociferous criticism – both domestic and international – of the country’s deteriorating record on press freedom.
http://www.freemedia.at/index.php?id=288&tx_ttnews%5btt_news%5d=5999&cHash=1778d7cf6a

20. An interview with young academics on academic freedom in Turkey
12 February 2012 / GIT North America
A group of young academics, organized in Facebook, wrote a protest letter addressed to Prime Minister Erdogan who recently expressed the government’s desire “to raise a religious youth.” In two days, they collected 2500 signatures from academics in Turkey and abroad. GIT North America contacted the initiators and asked questions concerning the petition and condition of academic liberties in Turkey.
http://gitamerica.blogspot.com/2012/02/interview-with-young-academics-on.html

21. Judicial Reform Bill – Step into the Right Direction
10 February 2012 / Bianet
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) released a statement on the third Judicial Reform Package that will be debated in parliament soon. “By finally addressing certain major failings in the Turkish judicial system, this bill is a step in the right direction. (…) But the bill envisages just a few adjustments whose effects will be very limited if legislators think they suffice and refrain from more thorough reforms. Patching holes is not enough. Civil liberties will not be properly guaranteed until the Anti-Terrorism Law, the Criminal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure are completely purged of the repressive attitudes that pervade them”. RSF said.
http://bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/136059-judicial-reform-bill—step-into-the-right-direction

22. Who Is The Terrorist? by Xende Biradosti
11 February 2012 / Mideast Youth
Contrary to what the Turkish government would like you to believe, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, was not born out of thirst for baby’s blood. No, the Kurdish guerrillas in the mountains of Turkey are not all callous sociopaths who gain pleasure from terrorizing villages and kidnapping women and children. The propaganda machine, that is the Turkish state, has been hard at work since the 1970’s trying to paint the most horrific image of the Kurdish movement, and it has been relatively successful in swaying the opinions of major world powers, and a large portion of the general public.
http://www.mideastyouth.com/2012/02/11/who-is-the-terrorist/

23. PKK, KCK, MİT…
15 February 2012 / Hurriyet
Is it possible for anyone to support the claim that nothing abnormal is happening inTurkey nowadays? A constitutional amendment was made on Sept. 12, 2010. The aim was to remove the residue of the Sept. 12, 1980 coup, to put an end to undemocratic tutelage of the justice system and thus elevate Turkey to an “advanced democracy.”
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/pkk-kck-mit-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=13781&NewsCatID=425

24. Working as a jail torturer ruined my life
15 February 2012 / The Independent
A former Turkish soldier, Dogan Eslik, is suing the generals who seized power in Turkey in a military coup in 1980 and tortured hundreds of thousands of people. He claims his experiences in Ankara’s dreaded Mamak Prison dehumanised him, turned him into a monster, and have effectively ruined his life. He joins thousands of other complainants filing charges against those they hold responsible for torture and murder.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/working-as-a-jail-torturer-ruined-my-life-6917392.html

25. Kurdish conflict takes toll on Turkey’s image
15 February 2012 / Washington Times
Turkey’s regional status as a democratic role model is being threatened by the Muslim country’s 30-year conflict with Kurds, which now is pushing Turkey toward violent upheaval. Turkish warplanes on Sunday bombed suspected Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq in the second cross-border airstrike in less than a week. Emma Sinclair-Webb of Human Rights Watch in Istanbul said Turkey’s actions are undermining its prestige.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/feb/15/kurdish-conflict-takes-toll-on-turkeys-image/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS

26. Syria’s Kurds Could Lose Out in Post-Assad Scenario
13 February 2012 / World Politics Review
Although Syria’s Kurds have a long history of opposing the central government in Damascus, they have so far refrained from widespread, proactive participation in the ongoing rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad’s Baathist regime. However, if they continue to limit themselves to being mere spectators to the unfolding drama, they may well find themselves deprived of any long-term political gains in a post-Assad Syria.
http://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/11457/syrias-kurds-could-lose-out-in-post-assad-scenario

27. INTERVIEW: Ibrahim Biro – without Kurds Syria will not witness stability
13 February 2012 / AK News
Kurds in Syria are negotiating with the opposition parties for national, political and cultural rights in a post-Asad Syria before they deicide to fully support the revolution in the country.In this AKnews exclusive, Fryad Mohammed  interviewed Ibrahim Biro, a member of the executive bureau of the National Council of Syrian Kurds, shortly before his arrest by Syrian forces last week. Here is the full transcript.
http://www.aknews.com/en/aknews/9/289737/

28. The Syrian Dilemma: Turkey’s Response to the Crisis
10 February 2012 / Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Almost a year since unrest broke out in Syria, its uncompromising president, Bashar al-Assad, has proven unwilling to undertake any political reforms or surrender power. The United Nations (UN) Security Council took up the issue, but a draft resolution condemning the violence and backing an Arab League plan for a power transfer was vetoed by China and Russia. Demonstrations and riots are met with violent repression, allegedly resulting in 5,000 casualties.
http://www.carnegieendowment.org/2012/02/10/syrian-dilemma-turkey-s-response-to-crisis/9jxj#

29. Next Up: Turkey vs. Iran
14 February 2012 / New York Times
Hardly a day goes by that an Iranian official doesn’t threaten Turkey. Take for instance Maj. Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi’s recent warning to Ankara: “Turkey must radically rethink its policies on Syria, the NATO missile shield and promoting Muslim secularism in the Arab world, or face trouble from its own people and neighbors.”  This is no surprise. Turkish-Iranian rivalry goes back centuries, to the Ottoman sultans and the Safavid shahs. It briefly subsided in the 20th century, when Turkey became an inward-looking nation-state, leaving a vacuum in the Middle East.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/15/opinion/next-up-turkey-vs-iran.html

STATEMENTS AND REPORTS

30. HPG (PKK) HEADQUARTERS STATEMENT ON MILITARY ACTIVITIES, The HPG Central Command, 13 February 2012
http://www.mesop.de/2012/02/14/hpg-pkk-headquarters-on-military-activities/

31. Urgent Appeal for support by KON-KURD, 13 February 2012 http://peaceinkurdistancampaign.wordpress.com/2012/02/16/urgent-appeal-from-the-kurdish-freedom-marchers/

32. Human Rights Foundation of Turkey: Daily Human Rights Report, 16 February 2012
http://www.tihv.org.tr/index.php?16-February-2012-Daily-Human-Rights-Report

EVENTS

Thursday 16 February 2012, 6.30-8pm
Dispatches from the Dark Side: on torture and the death of justice. A public lecture with Gareth Peirce
Evidence suggests that the British government has colluded in a range of extrajudicial activities – rendition, internment without trial, torture – and has gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal its actions. Gareth Peirce is a solicitor whose battles against miscarriages of justice have changed legal history.
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE
This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries email [email protected] or call 020 7955 6043.

Saturday 18 February, 8pm-2am
Stop criminalising Hackney’s youth Benefit Night
A Benefit night for Stop Criminalising Hackney’s Youth! A spoken word/rap/hip hop/poetry benefit night put on by Hackney Benefits Collective to support Stop Criminalising Hackney’s Youth! With Brotherman http://www.myspace.com/fatherman, Ed Greenz www.edgreens.bandcamp.com <http://www.edgreens.bandcamp.com/>  ,The Ruby Kid http://www.therubykid.com/ and many more to come.
Venue: The Victoria, Dalston, Queensbridge Road, London E8 3AS. The event is £5/£3 concession, or whatever you can afford.

Wednesday 22 February, 6.30 – 8pm
Building a Democratic State in Syria
In this lecture organised in association with the Council for Arab-British Understanding, Louay Hussein, one of Syria’s leading intellectuals who spent his life writing and publishing on political and social debates concerning Syria and the Arab world, will speak about the uprisings in his country. He spent seven years in prison because of his views. Speaker: Louay Hussein, Syrian writer and leader of the Building the Syrian State Movement. Chair: Chris Doyle, Director of The Council for Arab-British Understanding
Venue: CLM 4.02, Clement House, LSE, London

Thursday 23 February 2012, 6.30 – 8pm
The Politics of Resistance and the Arab Uprisings
Charles Tripp will look at how resistance to regimes’ appropriation of public space has been a central theme of the Arab uprisings. Mass demonstration, subversive art and sometimes violence have been used to unsettle and challenge established power and its narratives in this key site, with potentially momentous implications for the emergence of an activist public. Charles Tripp is a professor of politics with reference to the Middle East at the School of Oriental and African Studies.  Chair: Professor Madawi Al-Rasheed, King’s College London.
Venue:Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE, London

Thursday 23 February
Following its splendid reception at Toronto Film Festival, the UK gala screening of Future Lasts Forever (dir. Özcan Alper, 2011), will take place at Cineworld Wood Green on Thursday 23 February 2012 with additional screenings to follow. The director will also be present at the gala to answer questions from the audience in the Q&A session chaired by Dr Eylem Atakav, Lecturer in Film and Media Studies, University of East Anglia.
Venue: Cineworld Wood Green, London.
Gala tickets only available from Balik Arts and London Alevi Cultural Centre/Cimevi. Price £15. To book tickets, email [email protected] or text 07989401504.

Friday 24 February
Defending Human Rights Defenders
An international conference with delegates from Colombia, Turkey, Palestine, Philippines, and Swaziland, which will focus on protecting social justice activists and human rights defenders whose own work is being threatened. Organised by the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, Amnesty International UK, and European Association of Lawyers for Democracy
Venue: Amnesty Human Rights Action Centre, London, EC2A 3EA
Price: £30 UK waged/£20 non-UK/£25 students. Registration necessary.
For further information, contact: [email protected]

Saturday 25 February, 10am–4.30pm
Unite Against Fascism National Conference – Get active against the fascist threat in 2012
Initial speakers: Claude Moraes MEP; Billy Hayes Communication Workers Union General Secretary; Hugh Lanning Public and Commercial Services Union Deputy General Secretary; Kevin Courtney National Union of Teachers Deputy General Secretary; Farooq Murad Secretary General, Muslim Council of Britain; Dr. Richard Stone Advisor, the Lawrence Inquiry; Dr. Edie Friedman Jewish Council for Racial Equality; Sabby Dhalu & Weyman Bennett Joint Secretaries Unite Against Fascism.
Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL (nearest tube Holborn)
To register, visit: http://uaf.org.uk/2011/12/uaf-conference-saturday-25-february-central-london (£12 delegates / £6 students and concessions)

Tuesday 28 February, 7pm
Economic Crisis – Lessons from Ireland
A public meeting in Parliament to discuss the issues underpinning the economic crisis and solutions. Speakers include Mary Lou McDonald TD, vice-president of Sinn Fein, and Pat Doherty MP, Sinn Fein.
Venue: The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons SW1A 0AA
To confirm attendance, contact [email protected]

Monday 5 March, 7-9pm
Venezuela 2012: How Social Progress & Democracy are Transforming a Nation
With special guests from Venezuela and other leading speakers including: Sandra Angeleri, writer, ‘Women Weaving the Dream of the Revolution in the American Continent’ & Professor, Universidad Central de Venezuela; Samuel Moncada, Venezuelan Ambassador, former Minister of Higher Education in President Chávez’s government; Jeremy Corbyn MP, Vice-Chair, APPG on Latin America;Colin Burgon, Labour Friends of Venezuela; Dr Francisco Dominguez, Centre for Latin American Studies, Middlesex University.
Venue: Portcullis House, Parliament, SW1A 2LW (Westminster Tube.)
RSVP to [email protected] essential for room details and to confirm your place. Organised by the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign – www.venezuelasolidarity.co.uk

Tuesday 6 March, 9am-5.30pm
People Power 2012
Dame Vivienne Westwood, Salil Shetty, John Sauven and many more top speakers inspire charity campaigners and activists at this one-day conference. People Power presents leading figures from the government, media and corporate sector to share views and ideas, looking at lessons learned from the recent and not so recent past. How can the experiences of seasoned campaigners and activists inform your thinking, help you avoid pitfalls and achieve success? Learn from the past and together we’ll shape the future of campaigning.
Venue: 15 Hatfields, London SE1 8DJ
Individual ticket price: £124. Group ticket price: £80. For more information visit http://www.peoplepower2012.org/