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THE DERSIM MASSACRE (1935–38)

THE DERSIM MASSACRE (1935–38)



                                    

 

 

 

 

 

THE DERSIM MASSACRE (1935–38),
TURKEY AND THE INTERNATIONAL LAW

 

 

Thursday 7th June, 2012

Room ASP 1G2
09h30-13h00 & 15h00-18h30

European Parliament
Place de Luxembourg – Brussels (Belgium)


(Interpretation available in Turkish, English, French, and “passive” German)

 

  

PROGRAMME

 


09.30-10.30 – Opening Session


– MEP Mr. José Bové, Greens – European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament
– MEP Mr. Jürgen Klute, European United Left – Nordic Green Left Group in
the European Parliament
– Ms. Edibe Sahin, Mayor of Dersim
– Mr. Haydar Isik , Writer, Chairperson of the association “Rebuild of Dersim”
– Ms. Ayfer Ber, Chairperson of “Dersim Genocide Association”

 

 

10.30-11.30 – Panel I
The Dersim Massacre (1935-38): historical perspectives

Moderator:
MEP Mr. François Alfonsi, Greens – European Free Alliance Group
in the European Parliament

Dersim between history and nationalism
– Mr. Munzur Çem, Writer and Researcher
– PhD Mr. Berat Özipek, Associated Professor, Journalist daily newspaper “STAR”
Dersim, the Turkish state and foreign countries
– Mr. Martin van Brunessen, Historian
Dersim and “The Red Heads”
– Mr. Ali Köylüce, Chairperson of FEDA (Fédération Démocratique Des Alévis”)


Short video (10 min) on “DERSIM ‘38”, followed by a message by Ms. Fatma Tosum, survivor and witness of the massacre


11.30-13.00 – Panel II

International law, legal definitions and juridical responsibilities of the massacre

Moderator:
Mr. Erdal Dogan, Lawyer of “Dersim Genocide Case”


The international covenants on human rights
– PhD Prof. Roland Mönch, Lawyer and legal expert
Dersim and the international justice
– Mr. Yusuf Alataş, Lawyer, Vice President of “International Human Rights Federation” (FIDH)
– Mr. Edip Yüksel, Lawyer and philosopher

– PhD Prof. Barry Fisher, , Juris Doctor and Doctor Jurisprudence, lawyer of “Dersim Genocide Case”


15h00-16h30 – Panel III

Towards a truth and reconciliation process?
Political perspectives

Moderator:
MEP Hélène Flautre, Co-President of the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Commission, Greens – European Free Alliance Group
in the European Parliament


– MP Mr. Ismail Aydin, Rapporteur of the TGNA Inquiry Committee on Dersim, AKP Party
– MP Ms. Şafak Pavey, CHP Party
– PhD Prof. Mehmet Bekaroğlu, Vice-Chairperson of HAS Party
– MP Ms. Gülten Kışanak, Co-Chairperson of BDP Party

 

  

16h30-18h00 – Panel IV

Fundamental and minorities’ rights in Turkey, the Kurdish question and the current situation of Alevis

Moderators:
Mr. Ferhat Tunc, Artist
Ms. Nuray Mert, Writer and academic

 

Turkey and the Kurds
– MP Ms. Sebehat Tuncel, BDP Party
Turkey and the Alevis
– Mr. Ali Kenanoğlu, Chairperson of Alevi Cultural Associations of Hubyar Sultan
Sharing democratic values and constructive discussions
– Ms. Hilal Kaplan, Journalist, “Yeni Şafak” daily newspaper
– Mr. Dengir Mir Mehmet Firat, former MP of AKP Party

 

 

18.00-18.30 – Conclusions

Mr. Erdal Er, Journalist
MEP Mr. Jürgen Klute, GUE/NGL Group
MEP Mr. François Alfonsi, Greens-EFA Group

 

 

GUE/NGL Contacts:

 

Stefano Squarcina +32 228 46667

[email protected]

 

Gianfranco Battistini +32 228 46785

[email protected]