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Seminar – London Kurdish Institute and SOAS Kurdish Society
Tuesday, 8 April 2014 from 19:00 to 21:00

Speaker: Dr İsmail Beşikçi

“The Turkish sociologist İsmail Beşikçi is one of the most prominent scholar in the field of Kurdish studies. He started his academic career at Atatürk University in Erzurum as an assistant professor where he conducted an anthropological study on the last nomadic Kurdish tribes, the Alikan in the 1960s. At that time, Beşikçi was the only scholar in Turkey to dare to research on the Kurds and challenge the ethnic centred Turkish state policy of systematical denial of the Kurdish existence, identity, culture and language. He has paid a heavy price for speaking out against the institutional racism, discrimination and repression of the Kurds and the colonisation of Kurdistan. He has spent more than seventeen years in prison and wasreleased from jail in 1999. He becomes a veteran for defending collective and self-determination rights of the Kurds and academic freedom in Turkey. 32 of the 36 books that he has published have been banned in Turkey. There is not a single academic book on Kurds in Turkey which does not refer to his work. Due to his academic work and tireless defence of academic freedom and collective and self-determination rights of the Kurds, he was nominated as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987. He has been honoured with an Honorary Doctorate by the Boğaziçi University in 2013.”

Dr İsmail Beşikçi will talk about the past, present and future parameters of Turkey Kurdish question and his struggle for academic freedom in Turkey. This seminar will be in Turkish with English translation.

For further information and to book a place click here.

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Thursday, 27 March 2014; 6pm-8pm
London Kurdish Institute and SOAS Kurdish Society

Speaker: Prof Leyla Neyzi, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Sabancı University, Turkey
Chair: Dr Umut Erel, Open University

In this presentation, prof Neyzi will reflect on an international multidisciplinary project, “Young People Speak Out: The Contribution of Oral History to Facing the Past, Reconciliation and Democratization in Turkey” carried out in 2011-2013. Project output based on a large oral history archive include multimedia products such as a website in Kurdish, Turkish and English (www.gencleranlatiyor.org), exhibition, film and book. The presentation will focus on the research process, the participation of young people in the project, and reflect on the experience in light of the Gezi events and the current context in Turkey.

For further information and to book a place click here.

Kurdish Studies in the 21st Century Conference to be held at Regent’s University London on 13th March 2014.

Martin van Bruinessen, Welat Zeydanlioglu, and KRG UK representative will be speaking.

Please register at: http://www.kurdishstudies.net/kswmvb.html

The final report of the research project ‘Welfare needs of Turkish and Kurdish Communities’ will be launched on July 8th at Middlesex University.

The study was conducted by Alessio D’Angelo with Ozlem Galip and Neil Kaye, in partnership with Day-Mer Turkish and Kurdish Community Centre.

The launch will be part of a broader event on ‘Welfare needs of BME communities: gathering evidence to inform community interventions’

For further information and to book a place visit the SPRC (Social Policy Research Centre) webpage.

20 February 2013
The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL

In the early 1990’s the Turkish authorities were responsible for the wholesale destruction of over 3,000 villages in South East Turkey, together with many other human rights violations against a Kurdish minority of some 20 million people. Nearly 20 years later, and despite numerous judgements of the European Court of Human Rights, very few of the perpetrators have been brought to justice. Much international criticism is also still focused on Turkey’s failure to address the need to respect the cultural and language rights of the Kurdish people, and the “Kurdish Problem” remains one of the greatest challenges faced by Turkey in its efforts to become an effective modern democracy with appropriate respect for human rights, due process, and the rule of law.

This event, arranged in conjunction with Human Rights Watch, which recently published a major report on accountability in relation to the activities of the state in the early 1990’s will bring together international lawyers who helped take the ECHR cases to Strasbourg and domestic lawyers in Turkey who worked “on the ground” to collate the body of evidence which demands further prosecutions of those responsible for the gross human rights violations which the ECHR found proven. Speakers include Emma Sinclair Webb, author of the Human Rights Watch report, Professor Francoise Hampson of the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex (who together with her colleague Professor Kevin Boyle received the Liberty “Human Rights Lawyer of the Year” award for her work on the Kurdish cases), and Tahir Elci, President of the Diyarbakir Bar, who was himself involved in many of the ECHR cases, including Ozkan v Turkey, the largest of the village destruction cases to come before the ECHR. 20th February 2013 is in fact the 20th anniversary of the attack on the village of Ormanici which formed the basis of this case.

For further information and to register click here.

Friday, 1st February 2013 (2.30pm-4pm)
Day-Mer, Turkish and Kurdish Community Centre, 16 Howard Road, London N16 8PU

This event will see the launch of the preliminary findings of a community-based research project – and will also represent an opportunity for discussion with members of the community and other local stakeholders.

For further information and booking details click here.

15 June – 8 July 2012

Now in its 23rd edition, Day-Mer’s multi-cultural festival is the longest running festival in Hackeny and in the Turkish and Kurdish community. The final Park Festival will take place on Sunday 8th July in Clissold Park. The event will include Ferhat Tunc and Sevval Sam, two renowned musicians from Turkey. There will also be local musicians – bringing their own flavour of music for peace and unity – and stalls from various organisations giving out information, bookstalls and, of course, food and drinks.

To see the event’s poster click here.