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Time for Change in Turkey!

In Memory of Harold Pinter
Nobel Laureate and Playwright

And EUTCC Patron


European Parliament, Brussels

28-29 January 2009 – Room ASP 1G3

(interpretation available in EN – FR – DE – IT – NL – TK)


Patrons


Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, South Africa


Dr. Shirin Ebadi

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Iran


Bianca Jagger

Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador & Chair of the World Future Council, UK


Noam Chomsky

Professor, Writer, USA



Yasar Kemal

Writer, Turkey


Leyla Zana

EP Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought & the Rafto Prize, Turkey


Wednesday, 28 JANUARY 2009, 15h00-16h00

Opening Session- Room ASP 1G3



OPENING REMARKS


· Ms. Kariane Westrheim, Chair of the “EU Turkey Civic Commission” (EUTCC), and Associate Professor at the University of Bergen, Norway and All Board Member of EUTCC


OPENING SPEECHES

Mr. Yasar Kemal (Turkey), Writer, (Written message)

Ms. Leyla Zana (Turkey), EP Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, Rafto 1994 Award

Ms. Bianca Jagger (UK), Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador, Chair of the World Future Council

Mr. Francis Wurtz (France), MEP, Chair GUE/NGL Group in the EP

Ms. Luisa Morgantini (Italy), MEP Vice President of the EP


Wednesday, 28 JANUARY 2009, 16h00-18h30

Session I, Room ASP 1G3


EU – TURKISH ACCESSION – INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES

Moderators: Ms Songul KARABULUT (European Peace Council)

and Mr Giusto CATANIA (Member of the European Parliament, GUE/NGL Group)


A. THE REVIEW AND PROGRESS OF EU ACESSION

· Mr. Kerim YILDIZ, Executive Director of the Kurdish Human Rights Project, UK


B. EU REFORM PROCESS – AND FUTURE PROSPECTS

· Mr. Andrew DUFF, MEP, Vice-President, EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee, ALDE-Group in EP, UK


C. THE TURKISH AND KURDISH PERSPECTIVE ON EU ACCESSION

· Mr. Ahmet TURK, MP, Chairman of DTP (Democratic Society Party)

D. THE ROLE OF EUROPE IN PROMOTING DEMOCRATIC CHANGES

· Mr. Amed DICLE, Kurdish Journalist, Belgium

· Ms. Pasqualina NAPOLETANO, Member of the European Parliament, Vice-Chair of PSE Group

E. SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: PROSPECTS FOR LONG-TERM CHANGE THROUGH THE EU PROCESS

· Ms. Sarah LUDFORD, Member of the European Parliament, ALDE Group

· Mr. Osman BAYDEMIR, Mayor – Diyarbakir, Turkey


F. TURKEY, EU & INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

· Professor Dr. Michael M. GUNTER, Tennessee Technological University, USA

Questions and discussion, closing remarks by moderators


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Thursday, 29 JANUARY 2009, 09h30-13h00

Session II, Room ASP 1G3


EU TURKISH ACCESSION, HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE RULE OF LAW

Moderators: Mr. Jon RUD (Lawyer, Spain) and Ms. Jean LAMBERT (Member of the European Parliament, Vice-Chair of Greens-EFA Group, UK)


A. TURKEY’S COMPLIANCE WITH INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS OBLIGATIONS

· Mr. Ibrahim BILMEZ, Attorney at Law, Istanbul, Turkey


B. THE ROLE OF CIVIL SOCIETY IN PROMOTING DEMOCRATIC CHANGE

· Jonathan FRYER, Chairman, Liberal International British Group, UK

· Emilio MOLINARI, Chair of the World Water Contract Italian Section, Italy

C. CIVIL & POLITICAL RIGHTS AND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE COPENHAGEN CRITERIA

· Mr. Ozturk TURKDOGAN, Lawyer, President of IHD, Turkish HRA, Turkey

· Mr. Omer F. GERGERLIOGLU, President of MAZLUM-DER, Turkey


D. THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN BUILDING DEMOCRACY

· Ms. Sara AKTAS, Women Movement DOKH, Turkey

E. DEVELOPMENT OF CULTURAL & LINGUISTIC RIGHTS

· Ms. Frieda BREPOELS, Member of the European Parliament, EPP Group

· Mr. Eurig WYN, Former MEP and European Candidate Plaid Cymru / Party of Wales

F. CONSTITUTIONAL REFORMS AND THE IMPACT ON EU ACCESSION

· Mr. Cengiz CANDAR, Journalist, Turkey

Questions and discussion, closing remarks by moderators

Thursday, 29 JANUARY 2009, 15h00 – 16h30

Session III, Room ASP 1G3

ONGOING CONFLICT: DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES

Moderators: Mr. Ayhan BILGEN (Peace Parliament, Turkey) and

Ms. Margaret OWEN (Barrister, Founder Member of Gender Action for Peace and Security, member of the UK Bar Human Rights Committee, UK)

A. THE EFFECT OF CROSS-BORDER OPERATIONS IN NEIGHBOURING STATES

· Ms. Dr. Susan BREAU, Reader in International Law and Assistant Associate Dean for Research at the School of Law at the University of Surrey, UK

· Mr. Mark MULLER QC, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the KHRP, Board member EUTCC, and Chair of the Bar Human Rights Committee, UK

B. PROSPECTS FOR A DEMOCRATIC, PEACEFUL SOLUTION TO KURDISH QUESTION

· Mr. Adem UZUN, KNK Executive Committee Member, Belgium

· Prof. Dr. Dirk ROCHTUS, Expert of International Relations, Belgium

C. IS TURKEY READY FOR DIALOGUE WITH KURDS?

· Mr. Hans BRANSCHEIDT, Board Member of EUTCC, Germany


D. LESSONS FROM INTERNATIONAL PEACE PROCESSES

· Mr. Brian CURRIN, Lawyer, South Africa

Questions and discussion, closing remarks by moderators

Thursday, 29 JANUARY 2009, 16h30-18h00

Closing Session, Room ASP 1G3

· Discussion and Adoption of Conference Resolution-Final Remarks by the Board of the EUTCC


What is the EUTCC?

In November 2004 the following organizations decided to establish the EU Turkey Civic Commission (EUTCC):

Rafto Foundation (Norway)
Kurdish Human Rights Project (United Kingdom)
Medico International (Germany)
Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (United Kingdom).

The EUTCC wishes to contribute to the progress of Turkish membership of the EU. It will do this by spreading accurate, objective information both in Turkey and Europe about the progress made by Turkey, but also about any shortcomings which may still persist. The EUTCC will have as one of its most important tasks to monitor Turkish compliance with the EU accession criteria. It organizes every year a conference in Brussels on “The EU, Turkey and the Kurds”. The EUTCC is registered in Belgium as a non-profit organization.

The organs of the EUTCC are:

Board of Directors



Kariane Westrheim, Chair (Norway), Kerim Yildiz, Treasurer (United Kingdom), Hans Branscheidt Germany), Jan Beghin (Belgium), Mark Muller QC (United Kingdom), Michael Gunter (USA).

Advisory Council
John Austin MP Labour, UK
Dogu Ergil Professor of Sociology, Ankara University, Turkey
Conny Fredriksson Chairman of Socialist International Working Group on Kurdish issues, Belgium
Jean Lambert MEP Green Party, UK
Sarah Ludford MEP Liberal Democrat, UK
Dr. Konrad Melchers Editor of “Zeitschrift fur Entwicklungspolitik”, Germany
Margaret Owen Women and Children’s Advocate for the Kurdish Human Rights Project and Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales, UK
Denzil Potgieter Senior Counsel, Cape Bar, South Africa
Prof. Wolf Dieter Narr Lawyer and Adviser, Germany
Prof. Raimund Rütten German Attac, European Social Forum, Germany
Alyn Smith MEP Scottish National Party, UK
Reyhan Yalcindag Vice-President of HRA, Turkey

Andrew Duff MEP Liberal Democrat, UK
Nicholas Hildyard Policy Analyst, UK
Mark Thomas Comedian, Broadcaster, journalist, UK
Lord Rea House of Lords, UK
Hywel Williams MP Plaid Cymru, Wales
Hugo Charlton Human Rights Lawyer, UK
Desmond Fernandes Political Scientist, UK
Dogan Özgüden INFO-TURK, Belgium
Jill Evans MEP Green Party, Wales
Dr. Phil Tove Skutnabb-Kangas Expert on Minority Education and Linguistic Human Rights, Denmark
Estella Schmid Human Rights Activist, UK
Prof. Robert Phillipson Expert on Linguistics, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Stuart Kerr Human Rights Lawyer, England
Jon Rud International Legal Advisor, Norway
Luisa Morgantini Vice President of the European Parliament, Italy

Please visit our website at: www.eutcc.org