“Democracy has already left Turkey”

The original article was published in Greek in the London-based newspaper ‘Eleftheria’ on 4 October 2018. By Penny Papadopoulou.

The recent developments in Turkey and the implications for the region were discussed in a series of fringe events at the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool last week. Continue reading

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2nd International Conference in Turkey 7-8-9 September 2018 – ISTANBUL

This article comprises the speeches of Professor Bill Bowring, Peace in Kurdistan patron and of Thomas Schmidt, Secretary General of the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights (ELDH), at the Conference.

9 September 2018

PRACTICE OF THE EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS DURING THE STATE OF EMERGENCY IN TURKEY

The crisis of the European Court of Human Rights in the face of authoritarian and populist regimes

Professor Bill Bowring
University of London
Barrister of England and Wales
President, European Lawyers for Democracy and Human Rights

This conference has already heard a great deal about the situation of the State of Emergency in Turkey since in failed coup d’état in 2016. My colleague Kerem Altiparmak will speak about Turkey at greater length.

I am going to speak about the shocking deference of the Council of Europe (CoE) in the face of three states which have perpetrated gross violations of human rights in the context of internal armed conflict: Turkey, Russia, and the United Kingdom.

First, a few words about Kerem, and about my own experience taking cases against Turkey.

 

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The Saturday Mothers

Following a recent visit to Istanbul, Ali Has writes:

The Saturday Mothers (Cumartesi Anneleri) is a group who gathers 12pm every Saturday for half an hour at Galatasaray (district), Istanbul (Turkey), holding photographs of their “lost” loved ones. Mainly composed of mothers of victims, and renowned as a model of civil disobedience, they combine silent sit-in with communal vigil as their method of protest against the forced disappearances and political murders in Turkey during the military coup-era of 1980s and the state of emergency rule of the 1990s. In September 2018, they held their 700th sit-in protest, which was violently disrupted and has not been allowed since. But decide to disrupt and ban this peaceful protest now? It would appear that with the addition of former Turkish prime minister Tansu Ciller during the 1993-1996 and the then chief of police for Turkey Mehmet Agir in the current political arena alongside the ruling government that the banning of this protest is a gesture of good will or a “wink of the eye” aimed at appeasing them. Indeed, it is largely believed that it was at the direct orders of the two said actors or on their watch that most of the disappearances were ordered and occurred.  Continue reading

Public Forum | Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on Turkey and Kurds: The Verdict Turkey Found Guilty of ‘War Crimes’: Where do we go from here?

Watch the video of the event here

“At the conclusion of the peace negotiations, an amnesty must follow for all crimes committed by both parties, both in Turkey and abroad. Only in this case Turkey could be exonerated from the obligation to ensure the punishment of those responsible for war crimes and against humanity determined by the PPT”
Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal, Judgement, 24 May 2018

Join Peace in Kurdistan, Kurdish People’s Assembly in Britain, Roj Women Assembly, Freedom for Ocalan Campaign, UK, Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC) – for a special discussion hosted by Lord Hylton following release of the verdict dated 24 May 2018. Continue reading

Round Up of Observations on Turkish Elections June 2018.

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KURDISH ACADEMICS DISCUSS THEIR VISION FOR A DEMOCRATIC SOLUTION TO THE CRISIS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Summary and Final Resolution of the International Conference

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In cooperation with:
KURD AKAD

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 THE TURKISH INVASION OF AFRIN:

 At European Parliament, Brussels, 28 June 2018

 The International Conference was hosted and organized by the 

Greens-European Free Alliance (Greens-EFA), The Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), European United Left–Nordic Green Left (GUE-NGL) political groups in the European Parliament. Continue reading

Fifth Demirtas Hearing Takes Place Two Weeks Before Election

Written by Margaret Owen (pictured), International Trial Observer and Barrister

Margaret 2018
Friday 8th June

I have returned to Istanbul in order to observe the fifth hearing of the trial of former HDP co-chair: Selahattin Demirtas. Given that Turkey’s presidential election is only two weeks away, we the international observers, anticipate a final verdict.Selahattin Demirtas has been detained since November 2016 in Edirne prison under anti-terror law. He faces numerous charges and is accused of making terrorist propaganda.
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PERMANENT PEOPLES’ TRIBUNAL ON TURKEY AND KURDS DECLARATION OF THE VERDICT

 

Thursday, 24th of May 2018, 12.30-14.30

Altiero Spinelli Room: A3G-2

Interpretation: English, French, Turkish and Kurdish

ORGANIZED BY

OPENING SESSION 12.3013.00

MODERATED BY:

  • Renée LE MIGNOT, Co-president of the Movement Against Racism and Peoples’ Friendship (MRAP), France
  • MEP Marie-Christine VERGIAT, GUE/NGL Group, France

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Theresa May gives backing to President Erdogan and Turkey’s war on the Kurds

Contact Details: 11 Portland Gardens, Fairfax Hall, Londond, N4 1HU. Phone: 0208 8880 1804

Contact Details: 11 Portland Gardens Fairfax Hall, Londond, N4 1HU kurdscentre@gmail.com 0208 8880 1804

KURDISH PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC ASSEMBLY

During Turkish President Erdogan’s visit to Britain, the British Prime Minister Theresa May expressed her support for Turkey and said that Erdogan was seeking to defend his country from ‘the extraordinary pressures of a failed coup and Kurdish terrorism’. This designation of ‘Kurdish terrorism’ is exactly the formulation that Erdogan uses to legitimise the Turkish states’ war on the Kurds in Turkey, Syria and Iraq. This is a designation that we utterly and categorically condemn. The Kurds far from being terrorists have been Britain’s staunch allies against the scourge of the terrorism of ISIS, providing the boots on the ground in the Middle East and paying a heavy personal price for the freedom of us all . The Metropolitan Police has however brought Turkey’s war to the streets of London, using police dogs and horses to threaten people and arrest some 16 or so people in Whitehall, who were protesting at Erdogan’s visit to Downing Street. Kurds, and their supporters, in Britain are being criminalised as they are in Turkey. Continue reading

OPEN LETTER TO PRIME MINISTER THERESA MAY

Mesopotamian Ecology Movement, Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive, The Corner House and Peace in Kurdistan Campaign

Rt Hon. Theresa May MP
Prime Minister
10 Downing Street
London, SW1A 2AA

April 28, 2018

Dear Prime Minister,

The Ilisu Dam and Turkey’s use of water as a weapon of war

We write as civil society organizations to draw your attention to the imminent impoundment by Turkey of the Ilisu Dam on River Tigris in contravention of international customary law relating to shared waterways, which requires negotiation and agreement on downstream flows. The announced impoundment of Ilisu comes at a time when Turkey is recklessly and illegally using water as a weapon of war against Northern Syria, denying those affected of their right to water, threatening to exacerbate the existing conflicts in the region and causing severe suffering to those who have already suffered seven years of brutal civil war. We would urge you to protest Turkey’s intended impoundment of Ilisu and to use all available diplomatic means to mediate a peaceful and fair settlement between Turkey, Syria and Iraq on the use of their shared rivers. Continue reading