13th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE at the EP “TURKEY, THE KURDS AND THE WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST”: 7-8 December 2016

13th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON
“THE EUROPEAN UNION, TURKEY, THE MIDDLE EAST AND THE KURDS”

  • TURKEY, THE KURDS AND THE WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST
    TURKEY – DEMOCRACY SUSPENDED
    – Brussels, European Parliament
    – Wednesday 7th & Thursday 8th of December 2016
  • PATRONSARCHBISHOP EMERITUS DESMOND TUTU
    Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, South AfricaSHIRIN EBADI
    Human Rights Lawyer
    Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Iran

    BIANCA JAGGER
    Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador
    Chair of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, UK

    NOAM CHOMSKY
    Institute Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy
    at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

    LEYLA ZANA
    European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought,
    Rafto Prize Laureate, Turkey

    OPENING REMARKS AND GREETINGS

    -Ms. Kariane WESTRHEIM, Chair EUTCC, University of Bergen, Norway
    -Mr. Josef WEIDENHOLZER, MEP, Vice-President of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) in the European Parliament, Austria
    -Ms. Gabi ZIMMER, MEP, Chairwoman of the European United Left – Nordic Green Left Group (GUE/NGL) in the European Parliament, Germany

    OPENING SPEECHES AND SPECIAL REMARKS BY
    -Mr. Ebrahim EBRAHIM, Former deputy minister for international relations and co-operation, Member of the African National Congress National Executive Committee, South Africa
    -Message from Prison; Mr. Selahattin DEMIRTAS and Ms. Figen YUKSEKDAG, Co-Presidents of HDP (The Peoples’ Democratic Party), Member of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey

    THE LINES IN THE SAND: SYKES PICOT AND THE HISTORIC ROOTS OF THE KURDISH CONFLICT

    -Mr. Hamit BOZARSLAN, Professor of History and Sociology, Paris, France

    ACCOUNTABILITY FOR VIOLATIONS OF INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS AND HUMANITARIAN LAW IN TURKEY
    -Mr. David PHILLIPS, Director of Peace-Building and Human Rights Program, Columbia University, USA

    TURKEY AND ITS ALLIES’ ROLE IN THE SYRIAN CRISIS

    -Mr. Fehim TASTEKIN, journalist, analyst and specialist in Turkish foreign policy, Caucasus, Middle East and EU affairs, Turkey

    THE GENEVA PEACE TALKS ON SYRIA AND THE KURDS

    -Mr. Kamran MATIN, Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Sussex University, UK

    QUESTIONS & DISCUSSION WITH MODERATORS & DISCUSSANTS

    INTERVIEW SESSION WITH

    -Mr. Salih MUSLIM, Co-President of Democratic Union Party (PYD), Rojava-Syria
    -Mr. Carne ROSS, Writer on International Affairs, US (on SKYPE)
    -Mr. Jonathan STEELE, Veteran Foreign Correspondent and Author, UK

    TURKEY AT THE CROSSROADS: THE DEATH OF THE PEACE PROCESS

    Mr. Cengiz CANDAR, Journalist, Turkey

    THE FREEDOM OF EXPRESTION AND KURDISH MEDIA IN TURKEY

    Ms. Devrim ARLSAN, Journalist, Firat News Agency (ANF). Kurdistan

    THE LYNCHPIN OF THE PEACE PROCESS

    Mr. Simon DUBBINS, International Director of UNITE, UK

    THE PATH TO PEACE AND DEMOCRACY

    Mr. Hatip DICLE, Co-Chair of Peoples’ Democratic Congress (DTK), Turkey

    WHAT COULD/SHOULD THE HUMAN RIGHTS WORLD DO ABOUT TURKEY

    Dimitris CHRISTOPOULOS, President of the FIDH – Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and History – Panteion University (Athens GR).

    THE ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS AND THEIR DUTIES

    Ms. Ulrike LUNACEK, Vice-President of the EP, Group of the Greens – European Free Alliance in the European Parliament, Austria

    THE HDP’S POLITICAL VISION FOR A DEMOCRATIC TURKEY

    Mr. Osman BAYDEMIR, HDP Vice-President, Turkey
    QUESTIONS & DISCUSSION WITH MODERATORS & DISCUSSANTS

    WHAT ROLE FOR WESTERN POWERS?

    Mr. Michael RUBIN, Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, USA

    AGENDA FOR CHANGE: KURDISH PROSPECTS AND ALTERNATIVES

    Mr. Zubeyir AYDAR, Member of the Kurdistan National Congress (KNK)

    INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE AND CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY

    Dr. Bill BOWRING, Professor of Law in the School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London and Author, UK

    SELF-GOVERNANCE, DE-CENTRALISATION AND CO-EXISTENCE

    Mr. Metin RHAWI, Representative of European Syriac Union (ESU), North-Syria

    THE EU AND THE POLITICAL RESOLUTION OF THE KURDISH QUESTION IN THE MIDDLE EAST

    Mr. Takis HADJIGEORGIOU, MEP, GUE/NGL Group in the EP, Cyprus
    EQUALITY OF RELIGIOUS AND ETHNIC MINORITIES

    Mr. Johannes de JONG, European Christian Political Movement (ECPM), Netherland
    QUESTIONS & DISCUSSION WITH MODERATORS & DISCUSSANTS

    TECHNICAL INFORMATION
    “HOW TO PARTICIPATE AND ENTER THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT?”

An official “European Parliament personal badge/pass” will be available for all participants to the Conference, all participants must communicate before the 28th of November to the email brusselsconferenceep@gmail.com the following mandatory information:

1) Name and surname
2) Date of birth
3) Nationality
4) Place and country of residence (if possible, the full address of residence)
5) Number of a valid document (ex: passport, national ID, etc.)

This information must be sent before 28 November.
Email: brusselsconferenceep@gmail.com

Please note that NO ACCREDITATION will be accepted after this deadline, according to the rules established by the Security Department of the European Parliament.

Your “personal badge/pass” will be available at the main entrance of the European Parliament (Place de Luxembourg—main European Parliament’s building “Altiero Spinelli”—just after the sliding doors you’ll find a conference desk), during AND ONLY the following date/hours.

Please note that all participants must take a good care of their own “EP badge/pass” during both days. If someone loses the “pass/badge” it will be impossible for the conference’s organizers to replace it, according to the EP’s internal rules.

For any additional information, please contact the conference’s secretariat:
Email: brusselsconferenceep@gmail.com

 

 

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