Newsletter 11/2020

Cancellation of 17th EUTCC Conference The EU Turkey Civic Commission (EUTCC) strongly regrets that as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is not possible to conduct the Annual International Conference on the EU, Turkey, the Middle East and the Kurds held in the European Parliament, as planned. Instead, the EUTCC board has decided to organize a number of smaller digital seminars, roundtable debates and video interviews, which will be available on our homepage, the social media channels and on various listed websites. 

Peace committees, platforms and the political ordering of society: Doing justice in the Federation of Northern and Eastern Syria (NES) – Article by our board member Prof. Joost Jongerden & Michael Knapp 
Conflict mediation has become an important feature of the justice system of the autonomous self-administration in Rojava and north and east Syria. This conflict mediation takes place mainly through peace committees and platforms. A main conclusion: the primary function of the peace committees and platforms is to institutionalise the new government model and give an ideological direction for the idea of a “good society”.

World Children’s Day
On the occasion of November 20 World Children’s Day, the Human Rights Association (İHD) Children’s Rights Commission has shared the rights violations faced by children during the pandemic: Earthquake, distance education, child labor.

ICJ on arrest of lawyers The International Commission of Jurists expressed its deep concern at the arrest of some 26 lawyers and the investigation of around 100, including lawyers active in the defence of human rights, in South East Turkey.

HRW and Article19 on political crackdown against HDPJoint statement of Human Rights Watch and Article19 regarding political crackdown on HDP politicians
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