Newsletter January 2024

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Please find below our December 2023 newsletter. 

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Prof. Kariane Westrheim 

Chairperson 

Turkey leads in pending applications at ECHR with 23,400 cases

Turkey had the highest number of pending applications with 23,397 cases out of a total of 68,450 cases at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) at the end of 2023.

https://www.duvarenglish.com/turkey-leads-in-pending-applications-at-echr-with-23400-cases-news-63721

Bianet Male Violence Monitoring Annual Report 2023

Men killed at least 333 women and 28 children

https://bianet.org/haber/men-killed-at-least-333-women-in-2023-290848

Turkey conducted 198 drone strikes on Northern and Eastern Syria in 2023 These strikes killed 105 people and injured 123.

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EUTCC Newsletter April 2023

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Prof. Kariane Westrheim 

Chairperson 

Our statement on the wave of arrests against journalists, lawyers, artists and politicians in Turkey in the run-up to the elections 
http://eutcc.net/?p=1381

Statement by HDP Foreign Affairs Co-Spokespersons Feleknas Uca and Hişyar Özsoy on the wave of arrests against journalists, lawyers, artists and politicians 
https://hdpeurope.eu/2023/04/police-operations-against-the-hdp-and-civil-society-organizations/

Justice Ministry says visits to imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan were disrupted due to ‘unavoidable reasons’
https://www.duvarenglish.com/justice-ministry-says-visits-to-jailed-pkk-leader-abdullah-ocalan-were-disrupted-due-to-unavoidable-reasons-news-62243

bianet Male Violence Monitoring Report April 2023 Men killed at least 24 women, inflicted violence on at least 56 women and abused at least four children in a month in Turkey
https://m.bianet.org/english/male-violence/278174-men-killed-24-women-in-april

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EUTCC Newsletter March 2023

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Prof. Kariane Westrheim 

Chairperson 

Final resolution 17th EUTCC Conference The Annual International Conference on the EU, Turkey, the Middle East and the Kurds was hosted by the EU Turkey Civic Commission (EUTCC) in cooperation with the The Left Group, the Greens-European Free Alliance (GREENS/EFA), the Groups of the Free Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) and the Kurdish Institute Brussels. The conference was successfully held on 8th and 9th of March 2023 in the European Parliament in Brussels.  
http://eutcc.net/?p=1296

Report by Human Rights Foundation on rights violations in quake zone17 people were subjected to torture and ill-treatment, one person died, and at least 10 people were injured in nine separate incidents in the region.
https://www.duvarenglish.com/human-rights-foundation-of-turkey-reports-17-torture-cases-in-quake-zone-news-61955

Solidarity statement of the Socialists and Democrats, the Greens/EFA and the Left Groups in the European Parliament with the Peoples’ Democratic Party in Turkey The closure of HDP would be an irreversible blow to the democratic system of Türkiye and its relations with the EU. 
https://www.socialistsanddemocrats.eu/publications/solidarity-statement-socialists-and-democrats-greensefa-and-left-groups-european

Statement by the Council of Europe on Osman Kavala and Selahattin Demirtaş The Council of Europe has again urged the Turkish authorities to immediately release Osman Kavala and Selahattin Demirtaş, in line with judgments from the European Court of Human Rights.
https://search.coe.int/directorate_of_communications/Pages/result_details.aspx?ObjectId=0900001680aa82c8

Commentaries 23: The Implications of Turkish Interventions in Rojava for US and EU Foreign Policiesby Dr. Veysi Dağ, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and SOAS
This essay focuses on the anti-intellectualism in Turkey in relation to the oppression, persecution, and discrediting of critical academics. It shows how this anti-intellectualism affects the reproduction and re-legitimation of war policies in regards to the Turkish-Kurdish conflict. To this end, first it presents excerpts from in-depth interviews with academics who were dismissed from universities by presidential decrees for This paper examines how Turkish invasions into Northern Syria’s Kurdish enclave undermine US and European policy objectives. It argues that the Turkish state, obsessed with Kurdish hostility, endangers American and European foreign policies by further destabilising war-torn Syria, facilitating the empowerment of Islamist extremist groups, impeding a peaceful resolution to Syria’s protracted conflict, and assisting Russia’s anti-Western interests. The paper suggests that the US and Europe could rather deploy a dual strategy aimed at exerting pressure on Turkey to discontinue its disruptive and belligerent actions. To cease targeting anti-ISIS Kurdish forces, Turkey must either resume the Kurdish-Turkish peace process or risk being designated as a rival state, analogous to Russia, and subjected to punitive sanctions.
http://eutcc.net/?p=1280

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Newsletter December 2022

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Prof. Kariane Westrheim 

Chairperson 

Happy New Year The New Year has started. For Turkey, the Kurds & the Middle East, the question is whether dictatorships and wars will dominate the year or whether the slogan Jin Jiyan Azadî will bring peace and freedom to the peoples. The EUTCC remains committed to the aspirations for democracy.
Statement on Paris Attack The EU Turkey Civic Commission condemns the attack in the strongest terms and demands a complete clarification which is also necessary for the Paris attack in 2013. Generating the narrative of a mentally ill, racist lone perpetrator is dangerous. The European Union, and France in particular, must take a clear stance against all acts of terrorism by Turkey on European soil.
http://eutcc.net/?p=1225

Bianet Male Violence Monitor December 2022 Report– 19 women killed – 65 women subjected to violence- 6 women raped- 16 women harassed
https://m.bianet.org/5/193/272358-men-killed-19-women-in-december

Human Rights Defenders Prison Report 2022According to the Penal Statistics Report published by the Council of Europe, Turkey is the only country in Europe with a prison population of more than 300,000 between 2011 and 2021, while the incarceration rate increased by 89.3%.
https://etkiniz.eu/blog/2021-hapishaneler-raporu/

Statement by HDP Foreign Affairs Spokespersons ⁦Feleknas Uca⁩ and ⁦Hişyar Özsoy on the HDP MP Semra Güzel’s dismissal from her parliamentary seat We will not get used to such sheer unlawfulness. Dr. Güzel continues her struggle for democracy, justice and freedom from within a prison cell.
https://hdpeurope.eu/2022/12/hdp-mp-semra-guzel-has-been-deprived-of-her-seat-in-the-turkish-parliament/

Our statement on the court ruling against Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu The court ruling against Istanbul’s mayor İmamoğlu is unacceptable. It is a reflection of autocratic change that should be stopped immediately. In this context, it should be emphasised that dozens of mayors and deputies as well as thousands of members of the HDP are in prison. 

EUTCC Commentaries #21 Kurdistan under new qttacksby Terry Saltsmann and Prof. Michael Gunter
https://journals.tplondon.com/com/article/view/2934

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Newsletter November 2022

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EUTCC Statement 

Stop Turkey’s military offensive 

http://eutcc.net/?p=1192

EUTCC Urgent Panel Debate 

The speakers will look at the report of IPPNW on the use of chemical weapons by Turkey and the international reactions. Turkey’s recent military offensive in Northern Syria and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq will also be discussed. 
Speakers of the panel: PYD Co-Chair Saleh Muslim, Co-President of the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy & World Human Rights (ELDH) Barbara Spinelli, EUTCC board member Dersim Dağdeviren, scientific advisory board of IPPNW Germany Dr. Jan van Aken,Moderator: Prof. Kariane Westrheim, EUTCC Chairperson 
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5FBNpJvgaHc&feature=youtu.be

Statement by HRW on Turkey’s airstrikes in Syria 

Turkey’s airstrikes are inflicting damage on densely populated areas & critical infrastructure across north & northeast Syria, exacerbating an already catastrophic humanitarian crisis for Kurds, Arabs & other communities in the region. 
https://www.hrw.org/news/2022/12/07/northeast-syria-turkish-strikes-exacerbate-humanitarian-crisis

Statement by HDP Foreign Affairs Co-spokespersons Feleknas Uca and Hişyar Özsoy on the new military offensive launched by Turkey against the Kurdistan Region of Iraq & Northern Syria

We hereby call on the international community, our friends and international institutions, to take immediate action against Turkey’s cross-border attacks and prevent another humanitarian catastrophe.
https://hdpeurope.eu/2022/11/turkish-airstrikes-hit-kobani-and-other-towns-in-syria-and-northern-iraq/

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