Skip to main content

Permanent Peoples' Tribunal on Turkey and the Kurds



Session on alleged violations of international law and international humanitarian law by the Turkish Republic and its officials in their relations with the Kurdish people and their organisations.

15-16 MARCH 2018
INFO / registration :

Press conference
On Tuesday 13th March 2018 from 2-4pm
at la Maison du Barreau 2 rue de Harlay
75001 Paris with the participation of

journalist (moderator)
General Secretary of People’s Permanent Tribunal
Former President of the Paris Bar Council
Vice-president of the Paris Bar Council
Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation
lawyer of the families of the three Kurdish militants
assassinated in Paris in 2013
Lawyer and Secretary General of the International
Association of Democratic Lawyers (Belgium)
French deputee

The session of the Tribunal on Turkey and Kurds will take place
On the 15th and 16th of March
At la Bourse du Travail, salle Eugène Hénaff
29 boulevard du Temple
75003 Paris

In recent years many human rights organisations have denounced massive war crimes conducted in the context of the armed conflict of the Turkish state against the Kurdish rebels. In addition to these crimes, intended to terrorise the civilian population, agents of the Turkish state have organised assassinations, targeting opponents, including prominent Kurdish personalities. To shed light on these allegations, and for the first time since its creation, the Permanent People’s Tribunal, which is an independent and international institution, is going to study the serious human rights violations committed against Kurds and their organisations. The Tribunal will convene in Paris on the 15th and 16th of March 2018. After working on the situation of the Rohingya and Kachin people in Birmania (Burma), the Permanent People’s Tribunal will hold its 44th audience about dramatic events in the Kurdish community and will try to determine the role of the Turkish state has played in those tragedies. Composed of eminent jurists and persons of high moral authority, this session will allow us to clarify little known or even deliberately ignored facts, and to spread this information to the media, to the general public and the international political community, opening the way to broad awareness and concrete measures.

Under the patronage of:
Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation
Mgr Desmond Tutu, Nobel peace prize holder, 1984
Noam Chomsky, linguist
Toni Negri, philosopher
Slavoj Žižek, philosopher
Margaret Owen, human rights lawyer
Helena Kennedy, member of the House of Lords
Eva Joly, European deputy
Patrice Franceschi, writer
Stéphane Breton, ethnologist and film maker

Press contact:
Hazal Karakuş


Popular posts from this blog

'Not as dumb as he looks' - Muhammad Ali on Bertrand Russell

In his autobiography The Greatest: My Own Story, Muhammad Ali recounts how Bertrand Russell got in contact with him, and their ensuing correspondence:

For days I was talking to people from a whole new world. People who were not even interested in sports, especially prizefighting. One in particular I will never forget: a remarkable man, seventy years older than me but with a fresh outlook which seemed fairer than that of any white man I had ever met in America.
My brother Rahaman had handed me the phone, saying, ‘Operator says a Mr. Bertrand Russell is calling Mr. Muhammad Ali.’ I took it and heard the crisp accent of an Englishman: ‘Is this Muhammad Ali?’ When I said it was, he asked if I had been quoted correctly.
I acknowledged that I had been, but wondered out loud, ‘Why does everyone want to know what I think about Viet Nam? I’m no politician, no leader. I’m just an athlete.’
‘Well,’ he said, ‘this is a war more barbaric than others, and because a mystique is built up around a cham…

Nuclear Posture Review: Two letters of protest from Japan

The Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation received copies of the following letters, dated 6 February 2018, from the Japan Council against A and H Bombs. The letters, written in response to the publication of the US Nuclear Posture Review, are addressed to President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. We ask that as many people and organisations as possible circulate these letters as an act of solidarity with anti-nuclear campaigners in "Japan, the A-bombed country".

* * *

To President Donald Trump United States of America 6 February 2018
Letter of Protest against the US Nuclear Posture Review
We, of the people of Japan, the A-bombed country, strongly protest against your nuclear policy formulated in the newly released ‘Nuclear Posture Review’, which brings the US much closer to the actual use of nuclear weapons by modernizing your nuclear arsenals and developing new nuclear weapons.
Trying to justify that nuclear weapons are necessary for security, the Nuclear Post…

Vanunu update

Dear Friend and Vanunu supporter,

It is a long time since we last sent you any news of Mordechai for which we apologise. It has been a complicated and difficult period particularly with Mordechai not wanting the campaign for his freedom to continue. However, we thought now was the time for an update, because if you hadn't seen the relevant issues of the Morning Star, Scottish Herald or, just this week, The Guardian, you probably wouldn't be fully aware of what Mordechai had been suffering, once again, at the hands of the vindictive and malicious Israeli authorities.

For some while Mordechai has been threatened with a return to prison for speaking with foreigners; including friends, supporters and journalists. For breaking this restriction he was eventually sentenced to six months in prison. He appealed against this and at a hearing of the Supreme Court, some months ago, this sentence was reduced to three months. As an alternative Mordechai was offered to do a period of Community…