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3rd Int. Conf. on the EU, Turkey and the Kurds

Éditeur : KHRP Date & Lieu : 2007, London
Préface : Pages : 163
Traduction : ISBN : 978-1-905592-15-9
Langue : AnglaisFormat : 148x210 mm
Thème : Politique

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3rd Int. Conf. on the EU, Turkey and the Kurds

Editor’s note

The third annual EU-Turkey Civic Commission (EUTCC) Conference was held on 16-17 October 2006 at the European Parliament in Brussels. Themed Time for Justice, Dialogue and Solution, the event was hosted by the founders of the EUTCC, namely, the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (UK); the Kurdish Human Rights Project (UK); medico international (Germany); and the Rafto Foundation (Norway), and was supported by members of the European Parliament.

This publication sets out the majority of the speeches and papers of the 2006 Conference, including the Final Resolutions; in this way it attempts to shed light on particular areas of concern for a successful accession process. A brief account of the background to the Conference can be found below; for a more comprehensive guide to the issues discussed, and related recent developments in Turkey, the Background Paper given to Conference delegates is included in this publication (Appendix I).

For the purposes of publication, the speeches reproduced here have been edited and in some cases abridged or translated. Where given, the title of each speech has been included. Fuller versions of these speeches are available on the EUTCC website at Some speeches were not available in written form and so are not included. The speeches that have been omitted are listed at the start of each section.

The opinions expressed in this work do not necessarily represent the views of the EUTCC.

Table des Matières


List of Abbreviations / 11
Editor’s Note / 13
Introduction / 15
Addresses from the Patrons / 19
Opening Remarks by the Moderators / 21

Session 1. EU-Turkey Accession Talks: Status of the Reform Process / 27
1.1 EU-Turkey Accession, the Future / 27
Speaker: Kerim Yildiz

1.2 EU-Turkey Accession Progress: Developments after the last EC Regular Report / 30
Speaker: Doğu Ergil

1.3 A Step Backwards: The Effects of the New Anti-Terror Law on Fundamental Rights and Freedoms / 38
‘The Kurdish Question and Freedom of Expression in the Republic of Turkey’ / 38
Eren Keskin
‘Turkey’s US-Backed ‘War On Terror’: A Cause For Concern?’ / 40
Desmond Fernandes

Session 2. Democratic Future of Turkey and the Kurds / 59
2.1 Turkey’s EU Candidacy and the Deep State Roadblock / 59
‘The Deep State Roadblock to Turkey’s EU Candidacy’ / 59
Michael M. Gunter

2.2 Armed Conflict and the EU Accession / 65
Speakers: Richard Howitt - Yüksel Genç

2.3 Turkey’s EU Accession: A Chance for Peace and Reconciliation? / 75
‘Europe in Turkish Mirror’ / 75
Cengiz Aktar

2.4 Implementation of Reforms / 77
Speaker: Şinasi Haznedar

Session 3. Human Rights, Minorities and the Rule of Law / 83
3.1 Political Representation of the Kurds; Freedom of Expression and Association / 83
Speakers: Tuncer Bakırhan - Andrew Duff

3.2 Separation of Powers and Independence of the Judiciary / 90
‘The Question of the Independence of the Judiciary and the Öcalan Case According to the Principle of Separation of Powers’
İbrahim Bilmez

3.3 Promoting Cultural, Social and Economic Rights: The Prospects of Decentralization and Local Governance / 94
Speaker: Osman Baydemir

3.4 The Situation of Internally Displaced Persons / 99
‘Time for action, not mere words’ / 99
Margaret Owen

3.5 The Situation of Women / 105
Speaker: Sevahir Bayındır

Final Resolution from the Third International Conference on the EU, Turkey and the Kurds / 107

Appendix I: Background Paper / 113

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