In Memory of Harold Pinter
Nobel Laureate and Playwright
(patron of the previous conferences)

European Parliament, Brussels
28-29 January 2009 – Room ASP 1G3
(interpretation available in EN – FR – DE – IT – NL – ES – GR – 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
( Board Member of EUTCC

OPENING SPEECHES

Mr. Yasar Kemal (Turkey), Video Speech, Writer
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

 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

B. EU REFORM PROCESS – AND FUTURE PROSPECTS
( Mr. Andrew DUFF, MEP, Vice-President, EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee, ALDE-Group in EP, United Kingdom
( Representative of the EU Presidency and/or EU Commission (to be confirmed)

C. THE TURKISH AND KURDISH PERSPECTIVE ON EU ACCESSION
*      Mr. Ahmet TURK, MP, Chairman of DTP (Democratic Society Party)
*     Mr. Cengiz AKTAR,  Bahcesehir University (Invited)

D.   THE ROLE OF EUROPE IN PROMOTING DEMOCRATIC CHANGES
* Mr. Amed DICLE, Kurdish Journalist
* Ms. Pasqualina NAPOLETANO, Member of the European Parliament, PSE Group

E. SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: PROSPECTS FOR LONG-TERM CHANGE THROUGH THE EU PROCESS
( Ms. Sarah LUDFOFRD, Member of the European Parliament, ALDE Group
*       Mr. Osman BAYDEMIR, Mayor-Diyarbakir

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) and Ms. Jean LAMBERT (Member of the European Parliament, Vice-Chair of Greens-EFA Group)

A. TURKEY’S COMPLIANCE WITH INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS OBLIGATIONS
* Mr. Ibrahim BILMEZ, Attorney at Law, Istanbul  

B. THE ROLE OF CIVIL SOCIETY IN PROMOTING DEMOCRATIC CHANGE
( Jonathan FRYER, Chairman, Liberal International British Group

C. CIVIL & POLITICAL RIGHTS AND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE COPENHAGEN CRITERIA
* Mr. Ozturk TURKDOGAN – Lawyer, President of IHD, Turkish HRA
* Mr. Omer Faruk GERGERLIOGLU -MAZLUM-DER

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, Welsh Politician

F. CONSTITUTIONAL REFORMS AND THE IMPACT ON EU ACCESSION
( Ms. 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)

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
* 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 – Belgium

C. IS TURKEY READY FOR DIALOGUE WITH KURDS?
* Ms. Kathryn PORTER ,US
* Mr. Hans BRANSCHEIDT- Board Member of EUTCC 

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

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