European Parliament to host the 16th Kurdish Conference
The conference is hosted by European Union Turkey Civic Commission and supported by European United Left – Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL), the Greens/EFA and Socialists and Democrats (S&D).
The European Parliament in Brussels will host the 16the International Conference on “The European Union, Turkey, the Middle East and the Kurds” on the 5th and 6th of February.
The annual conference organised by European Union Turkey Civic Commission (EUTCC) in cooperation with the Kurdish Institute of Brussels will witness the participation of a several political parties and renowned individuals.
According to the announced program, the conference is supported by European United Left – Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL), the Greens/EFA and Socialists and Democrats (S&D).
The patrons of the conference are;
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
The opening speeches and greetings from 14.30 to 15.30 on the 5th of February will be presented by;
Prof. Dr. Kariane Westrheim, Chair of EUTCC, University of Bergen, Norway
Mr. Nikolaj Villumsen, MEP, European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL), Denmark
Mr. Andreas Schieder, MEP, Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), Austria
Mr. François Alfonsi, MEP, Greens/European Free Alliance (Greens/EFA), France
Mr. Dimitrios Papadimoulis, Vice-President of European Parliament, Greece
This will be followed by a panel to discuss “Oppression and Resistance in Turkey” from 15.30 to 17.00 which will be moderated by Joost Jongreden, University of Wageningen, EUTCC board member, Netherlands. The speakers include;
Mr Benoit Biteau, MEP, Greens/European Free Alliance (Greens/EFA), France
The Centre of Power and The Opposition in Turkey
Republican People's Party (CHP) Representatives were invited, Turkey
Opposition Between Unity and Division
Mr. Cihangir Islam, MP, Felicity Party (SP), Turkey
Turkey 2023: Dictatorship vs. Democracy
Ms. Gülistan Koçyiğit, MP, Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), Turkey
The second panel to discuss “The EU - Turkey Relationship: Accession Talks, Refugee Crisis and The Kurds” from 17.00 to 18.30 will be moderated by Prof. Cengiz Aktar, Political Scientist.
The panel program includes;
The Refugee Crisis and Europe’s Response
Ms. Tineke Strik, MEP, Greens/European Free Alliance (Greens/EFA), Netherlands
Accession talks - (Never) Ending Story?!
Mr. Udo Bullmann, MEP, Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), Germany - tbc
The Kurdish Question and Europe: Criminalization vs. Responsibility for Peace Building
Mr. Jan Fermon, Lawyer, Belgium
Key Point Imrali: The Power for Freedom
Ms. Newroz Uysal, Lawyer, Asrın Law Office, Turkey
The second day of the conference, 06 February, Thursday will begin with a panel from 09.30 to 10:30. The panel to discuss “The Middle East in The Context of Turkey’s Invasion into North-Eastern Syria / Rojava” will be moderated by Ms. Evin Incir, MEP Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), Sweden.
The topics of discussion and speakers are as follows;
Turkish Invasion of North-Eastern Syria / Rojava
Ms. Leila Chaibi, MEP European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL), France
On the Trials of Ottoman Empire: Turkey´s Striving for Great Power
Dr. Gamal Soltan, Al-Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies, Egypt
The Kurds: Gordion Knot or Central Key
Søren Søndergaard, MP, Enhedslisten - The Red-Green Alliance, Denmark
Turkey’s Constitutional Genocide of the Kurds and other Non-Turkish Ethnicities
Mr. Kirmanc Gundi, Tennessee State University, US
Post-ISIS: Lines of Conflict with Ethnic and Denominational Impacts
Mr. Ferda Çetin, Journalist, Belgium
The following panel from 11:00 to 12:00 will discuss “The Turkish Invasion in Rojava and The Impact on Women and Gender Equality”, moderated by Ms. Maria Eugenía Rodríguez Palop, MEP, European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL), Spain.
This will be followed by interviews with Representatives of Democratic Federation of Northern and East Syria; Ms. Seham Kerio, Ms. Parwin Yousef and Ms. Jihan Khudro.
The next panel from 12.00 to 13.00 will be moderated by Mr. Jürgen Klute, Former MEP, Germany and discuss “Europe and the Middle East: Self-Interest Versus Democracy”.
The topics of discussion and speakers are as follows;
European Perspectives on The Complexity of The Middle East
Mr. Brando Benifei, MEP Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), Italy
Europe and The Kurdish Battle
Mr. Thomas Schmidinger, Political Scientist, University of Vienna, Austria
Transformation Process from The Kurdish Perspective in The Context of Democracy, Ecology and Gender Equality
Ms. Dersim Dağdeviren, KURD-AKAD, EUTCC Board Member, Germany
The following panel “There Are Alternatives!” from 15.00 to 16.00 will be moderated by Mr. Wladimir van Wilgenburg, Journalist, Netherlands.
Democracy in War Time: How a Society Reorganises Itself and Offers Perspectives Beyond the Middle East
Nazan Üstündağ, Sociologist, Germany
The Rise of Kurdish Women and Their Battle Against Feminicide
Ms. Aviva Stein, New World Summit, Netherlands
Rethinking Democracy: Kurdish Perspectives For 2023
Ms. Amed Dicle, Journalist, Belgium
Local Solutions to Global Challenges - Living International Solidarity
Mr. Juan Carlos Guerra Moldonado, Historian, Equador
The closing session from 16.15 to 17.00 will witness the presentation of Conclusions, Recommendations and Final Resolution with the participation of; Board of EUTCC, Dersim Dağdeviren, Germany, Michael Gunter, US, Joost Jongerden, Netherlands, Thomas J. Miley, UK, Estella Schmid, UK, Kariane Westrheim, Norway.
For any additional information, please contact the conference's secretariat: [email protected]