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The Kurdish factor in world politics: crisis, challenges and solutions

Event date: 05 Dec 18 - 06 Dec 18

15th International Conference on "The European Union, Turkey, The Middle East And The Kurds"

The Kurdish factor in world politics: crisis, challenges and solutions

Date

05 Dec 18 - 06 Dec 18

15th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON

"THE EUROPEAN UNION, TURKEY, THE MIDDLE EAST AND THE KURDS"

 

THE KURDISH FACTOR IN WORLD POLITICS:

CRISIS, CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS

Brussels, European Parliament

Wednesday 5th & Thursday 6th of December 2018

 

 

PATRONS

                                                                                                                                        

ARCHBISHOP EMERITUS DESMOND TUTU

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, South Africa

 

SHIRIN 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

 

 

In cooperation with

 

 KURDISH INSTITUTE OF BRUSSELS

 

 

 

 IMPORTANT TECHNICAL INFORMATION

"HOW TO PARTICIPATE AND ENTER THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT"

An official "European Parliament personal badge/pass" will be available for all ALREADY REGISTERED participants to the Conference.

 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:

 - Wednesday 5th of December, 08.00 - 09.00

- Thursday 6th December, 08.00 - 09.00

 

All participants must take care of their own "EP badge / pass" during both days; if someone lose the "pass / badge" it will be impossible for the conference's organizers to replace it, according to the E.P. internal rules.

 For any additional information, please contact the conference's secretariat:

brusselsconferenceep@gmail.com

 


 

Wednesday, 5th of December 2018, 09.00-10.00

OPENING SESSION, Room ASP 3G2 (ASP Building)

 

Interpretation in

Turkish, English, German, Kurdish (passive)

 

 

OPENING SPEECHES AND GREETINGS

Ms. Kariane WESTRHEIM, Chair of EUTCC, University of Bergen, Norway
Mr. Dimitrios PAPADIMOULIS, Vice-President of the European Parliament, MEP of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left Group (GUE/NGL), Greece
Mr. Josef WEIDENHOLZER, MEP, Vice-President of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) in the European Parliament, Austria
Ms. Ana Miranda, MEP, The Greens / European Free Alliance, Spain
Ms. Margaret Owen, OBE, human rights lawyer focusing on women´s and children´s rights; Director of Widows for Peace through Democracy (WPD)

 

 

 

Wednesday, 5th of December 2018, 10.00-12.30

Panel I, Room ASP 3G2 (ASP Building)

Turkish, English, German, Kurdish (passive)

 

TURKEY AS A STATE DEPRIVED OF THE RULE OF LAW

 

Moderator

Mr. Akın Birdal, Former Chair of Human Rights Association, Former MP, Turkey

Ms. Heike Geisweid, lawyer, MAF-DAD, Germany

 

THE CURRENT STATE OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN TURKEY

Ms. Gülseren Yoleri, Co-Chair of Human Rights Association Istanbul, Turkey

 

THE REALITY INSIDE TURKEY´S PRISONS AND THE INFLUENCE OF THE EMERGENCY LAW /

THE IMRALI PRISON SYSTEM AS A PROTOTYPE OF THE OHAL PRISON SYSTEM

Mr. Öztürk Türkdoğan, Co-chair of Human Rights Association, Turkey

 

ISOLATION IN IMRALI PRISON AS A METHOD OF TORTURE AND HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION AND

ITS LEGAL BASIS

Mr. Ibrahim Bilmez, Asrin Law Office, Turkey

 

THE INFLUENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW AND INTERNATIONAL

HUMAN RIGHTS BODIES ON THE STRUGGLE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND LEGAL RIGHTS IN TURKEY

Mr. Thomas Schmidt, General Secretary ELDH, Germany

 

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE INTERNATIONAL POLITICS / HUMAN RIGHTS MECHANISMS AND

FUTURE PERSPECTIVES

Mr. Gianni Tognoni, General Secretary Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal, Italy

 

QUESTIONS & DISCUSSION WITH MODERATORS & DISCUSSANTS

 

 

Wednesday, 5th of December 2018, 15.00-17.30

Panel II, Room PHS 04 B O1 (PHS Building )

Turkish, English, German, Kurdish (passive)

 

LIVING SOLIDARITY

 

 

Moderator

Ms. Sarah Glynn, artist and activist, Member of Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan, UK

Mr. Ragip Duran, journalist, Germany

 

YOUR FREEDOM AND MINE: ABDULLAH ÖCALAN AND THE SOLUTION TO THE CRISIS

IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Mr. Federico Venturini, independent researcher and activist, Member of Advisory Board of the Transnational Institute of Social Ecology, Italy

 

PLEASE TELL MY STORY

Mr. Joe Ryan, Chair of Westminster Justice and Peace Commission, UK

 

THE INTERNATIONAL STRUGGLE FOR ÖCALANS FREEDOM: THE FREEDOM FOR ÖCALAN

WORLD CAMPAIGN

Ms. Clare Baker, UNITE the Union, UK

 

ON THE JUDGEMENT OF THE EUROPEAN GENERAL COURT: POLTICAL AND LEGAL CONSEQUENCES

Mr. Mahmut Şakar, lawyer, MAF-DAD , Germany

 

TOWARDS A NEW INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY

Mr. Thomas Jeffrey Miley, Lecturer of political sociology at the University of Cambridge, UK

 

QUESTIONS & DISCUSSION WITH MODERATORS & DISCUSSANTS

 

 

Thursday, 6th of December 2018, 09.00-13.00

Panel III, Room ASP 1G2 (ASP Building)

 (Interpretation in Turkish, English, French, German, Italian, Dutch and other EU languages)

 

THE MIDDLE EAST: REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CONFLICTS AND CONNOTATIONS

 

Moderator

Ms. Jean Lambert, MEP, UK

Ms. Gökay Akbulut, MP, Germany

 

TURKISH FOREIGN POLICY TOWARDS THE KURDS IN A GLOBALIZED WORLD

Mr. Kinoshita Akinobu, Japan-Kurdish Friendship Group, Japan

 

THE KURDISH FACTOR IN MIDDLE EASTERN GEOPOLITICS

Mr. Ahmet Yildirim, former MP, Peoples` Democratic Party, Turkey

 

THE ROLE OF REGIONAL POWERS IN THE CONFLICT

Mr. Bill Park, Senior Lecturer in the department of defence studies at Kings College London, UK

 

NATO AND THE MIDDLE EAST: CRISIS VERSUS CONSOLIDATION

Mr. Michael Gunter, EUTCC Secretary General, USA

 

THE KURDS AND THE MIDDLE EAST: FROM FACTOR OF INSTABILITY TO ACTOR OF STABILITY

Mr. Zubeyir Aydar, Kurdistan National Congress (KNK), Belgium

 

QUESTIONS & DISCUSSION WITH MODERATORS & DISCUSSANTS

 

 

Thursday, 6th of December 2018, 14.30-16.30

Panel IV, Room ASP 1G2 (ASP Building)

 (Interpretation in Turkish, English, French, German, Italian, Dutch and other EU languages)

 

THE MIDDLE EAST: PERSPECTIVES AND SOLUTIONS

 

Moderator

Ms. Deniz Yonucu, Social anthropologist, LMU Munich, Germany

Ms. Dersim Dağdeviren, EUTCC Board Member, Germany

 

THE DEMOCRATIC FEDERATION OF NORTH-SYRIA: AN OASIS OF DEMOCRACY IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Mr. Michael Knapp, Historian, Berlin, Germany

 

YOUNG VOICES FROM MAXMUR: EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE IN A LIVING DEMOCRATIC AUTONOMY

Ms. Kariane Westrheim, University of Bergen, Chair of EUTCC, Norway

 

BETWEEN EXTINCTION AND POLITICAL CO-DETERMINATION – THE ETHNIC AND RELIGIOUS MINORITIES  IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Mr. Simon Jacob, Central Council of Oriental Christians, Germany

 

ON THE RUINS OF KOBANE: INTERNATIONAL RESPONSIBILITY IN THE RECONSTRUCTION OF ROJAVA AND THE RECOGNITION OF THE DEMOCRATIC FEDERATION OF NORTHERN SYRIA

Mr. Jonathan Spyer, Director of the Rubin Center, Israel

 

THE KURDISH QUESTION AND THE EUROPEAN UNION: DELISTING OF PKK FROM THE TERROR LIST

Ms. Marie-Christine Vergiat, MEP, France

 

THE MIDDLE EAST: GLOBAL CHALLENGES NEEDS GLOBAL SOLUTIONS - THE NEED FOR AN INTERNATIONAL DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE

Ms. Nilufer Koc, Co-Chair of KNK, Belgium

 

QUESTIONS & DISCUSSION WITH MODERATORS & DISCUSSANTS

 

 

Thursday, 6th of December 2018, 16.30-18.00

Panel V, Room ASP 1G2 (ASP Building)

 (Interpretation in Turkish, English, French, German, Italian, Dutch and other EU languages)

 

PEACE POWER IN THE MIDDLE EAST: WOMEN

 

Moderators

Ms. Julie Ward, MEP, UK

Ms. Münevver Azizoglu-Bazan, University of Bremen, Germany

 

 

GENDER PERSPECTIVES FOR THE MIDDLE EAST

Ms. Mechthild Exo, University of Emden/Leer, Germany

 

DEMOCRATIC AUTONOMY AND WOMEN’S LIBERATION IN ROJAVA

Ms. Ilham Ehmed, Democratic Federation of Northern Syria

 

GAINING VOICE: KURDISH WOMEN'S STRUGGLE FOR RECOGNITION

Ms. Marlene Schäfers, University of Ghent, Belgium

 

DEMOCRATIC CONFEDERALISM AND THE STRUGGLE AGAINST PATRIARCHY

Ms. Döne Güzel, Kurdish Women's Movement in Europe

 

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN´S STRUGGLE: CHALLENGES AND TASKS

Ms. Eleonora Forenza, MEP, Italy

 

QUESTIONS & DISCUSSION WITH MODERATORS & DISCUSSANTS

 

 

 

Thursday, 6th of December 2018, 18.00-18.30

Panel VI, Room ASP 1G2 (ASP Building)

 (Interpretation in Turkish, English, French, German, Italian, Dutch and other EU languages)

 

CONCLUSIONS, RECOMMENDATIONS AND FINAL RESOLUTION

EUTCC Board Members

 

Ms. Dersim DAGDEVIREN, KURD-AKAD, Germany

Mr. Michael GUNTER, Tennessee Technological University, USA

Ms. Kariane WESTRHEIM, University of Bergen, Norway

Ms. Estella SCHMID, Peace in Kurdistan (PIK), UK

Mr. Thomas MILEY, Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge, UK

 

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