Public Lecture: “Curfews and Security Operations in Turkey – Protection of Civilians during Internal Conflict”, 23 March 2016, SOAS

Public Lecture: “Curfews and Security Operations in Turkey – Protection of Civilians during Internal Conflict”, Muharrem Erbey, 23 March 2016, SOAS

Speaker: Muharrem Erbey – Vice President of the Human Rights Association, Turkey
Chair: Melanie Gingell – Barrister – Member of the Bar Human Rights Committee, UK
Date: Wednesday, 23 March 2016
Time: 18.30 – 20.00
Location:  Room G3, Main College Buildings, SOAS, University of London, WC1H 0XG

We are pleased to announce that on 23 March 2016, Centre for Policy and Research on Turkey (Research Turkey) will be hosting a public lecture by Muharrem Erbey, a prominent human rights lawyer in Turkey and the Vice-president of the Human Rights Association (IHD). The lecture is entitled “Curfews and Security Operations in Turkey Protection of Civilians during Internal Conflict” and will take place in Room G3, Main College Buildings, SOAS, University of London, WC1H 0XG from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.Melanie Gingell,  Barrister & Member of the Bar Human Rights Committee, UK will kindly chair the event. The event is co-sponsored by SOAS Development Studies, Neoliberalism, Globalisation and States Research Cluster.

In this public lecture, Mr. Erbey will analyse the legal basis of the round-the-clock curfews declared in the southeastern towns of Turkey and give an outline of the armed attacks in the civilian areas as part of the security operations since August 2015. In the light of Turkey’s human rights duties, Mr. Erbey will discuss availability of mechanisms to hold to account perpetrators of human rights violations and the international response needed in bringing these atrocities into light.

Mr. Erbey has worked for many years as a human rights lawyer and advocate in the southeast of Turkey, compiling reports on disappearances and extra-judicial killings in the region, while also representing human rights victims at provincial, national and international courts (including the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg). He has also had works published as a columnist and writer, and in 2007, he co-edited a collection of Turkish and Kurdish language stories by 35 authors.  In 2008, Mr. Erbey became the Vice-president of the IHD, one of Turkey’s most reputable human rights NGOs, after serving as the President of the Diyarbakır branch for many years. In March 2014, PEN Norway has awarded Mr. Erbey with the “Freedom of Thought and Expression” prize.

Public lecture will be in Turkish language with consecutive interpretation into English provided.

The event is free and open to public but requires pre-registration. A ticket does not guarantee a seat. Please click here for free registration and tickets.

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