Public Meeting: UK launch of the paper by Adem Uzun and published by Berghof Foundation



“Living Freedom”: The Evolution of the Kurdish Conflict in Turkey and the Efforts to Resolve It


Friday 20 June, 2014, 6.30pm

Venue: Room B102, Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh St, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG


Luxshi Vimalarajah, Programme Director of Dialogue, Mediation and Peace Support Structures at the Berghof Foundation
Adem Uzun, Executive Member of Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) on video
Selma Benkhelifa, Lawyer, Progress Lawyers Network, Belgium
Jean Lambert MEP
Desmond Fernandes,
Peace in Kurdistan Campaign & CAMPACC

Chaired by Margaret Owen OBE, International Human Rights Lawyer & Patron of Peace in Kurdistan Campaign


Political violence is a tool of both state and non-state actors, and replacing it by political methods of conflict management is essential to making sustainable peace. Adem Uzun’s case study about the Kurdish conflict is part of a series produced by the Berghof Foundation to bring to wider attention and appreciation those important voices – including those deliberately silenced as ‘’terrorists’’ – which are usually excluded or devalued in the analysis of conflict.

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‘Mandela struggled for freedom and democracy all over the world’ – KCK

The KCK writes a statement on the sad loss of freedom fighter Nelson Mandela:


Kurdistan Democratic Communities’ Union -Info Koma Civaken Kurdistan – Info


We were deeply saddened to hear about the demise of the great democracy and freedom fighter and the friend of the Kurdish People, Nelson Mandela. We convey our heartfelt condolences to his family, peoples struggling against racism and colonialism, and particularly the people of South Africa. Nelson Mandela will always be remembered, his aspirations and his struggle will continue till the entire world is free.

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Turkey vs. Democracy

The following is the first part of a paper presented by Professor Katchatur Pilikian at a recent seminar at SOAS, entitled Again and again Turkey: Freedom of expression under attack, Solidarity Meeting for imprisoned journalists, human rights activists Academics, Publishers, Elected Kurdish Politicians. The event was held on 3rd February 2012, and was organised by the Kurdish Society at SOAS and the Kurdish Studies and Student Organisation.

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