Peace in Kurdistan condemns the murder of the Turkish trade union leader Abdullah Karacan in Adapazari, capital of the province of Sakarya in north western Turkey on 13 November 2018. Abdullah Karacan was president of the DISK/Lastik-is (Rubber and Chemical Workers’ Union). He was visiting workers at the Goodyear tyre factory in the city when he was shot dead and two other union representatives with him were wounded. Karacan and his union had won victories for their members in Turkey, including stopping multi-national tyre companies using outsourced labour in their factories in Turkey. Continue reading
KURDISTAN NATIONAL CONGRESS (KNK)
Statement, 8 November 2018
To US Defenders of Democracy and The People and the President of the United States of America, the Congress and the Senate.
We condemn the decision for financial rewards for eliminating Kurdish freedom fighters Continue reading
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
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.
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
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
Summary and Final Resolution of the International Conference
In cooperation with:
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
Written by Margaret Owen (pictured), International Trial Observer and Barrister
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.
Thursday, 24th of May 2018, 12.30-14.30
Altiero Spinelli Room: A3G-2
Interpretation: English, French, Turkish and Kurdish
|OPENING SESSION 12.30–13.00|
- Renée LE MIGNOT, Co-president of the Movement Against Racism and Peoples’ Friendship (MRAP), France
- MEP Marie-Christine VERGIAT, GUE/NGL Group, France
THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE DECISION BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE TRIBUNAL Continue reading