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Permanent Peoples' Tribunal on Turkey and the Kurds



PRESS RELEASE

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
BOURSE DU TRAVAIL - PARIS
INFO / registration : tribunal-turkey-kurds.org

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

HEVAL ARSLAN,
journalist (moderator)
GIANNI TOGNONI,
General Secretary of People’s Permanent Tribunal
CHRISTIAN CHARRIÈRE-BOURNAZEL,
Former President of the Paris Bar Council
BASILE ADER,
Vice-president of the Paris Bar Council
TONY SIMPSON,
Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation
ANTOINE COMTE,
lawyer of the families of the three Kurdish militants
assassinated in Paris in 2013
JAN FERMON,
Lawyer and Secretary General of the International
Association of Democratic Lawyers (Belgium)
PAUL MOLAC,
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
+33(0)783569567

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