Seminar on The "Language Question", Influence on the "Kurdish Question" in Turkey 2007-2009
Monday, 6th April 2009, at 6.30 pm
Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LS, UK
Chaired by Mark Muller QC
Chair of Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales
Robert Olson, Professor of Middle East Politics and History at the University of Kentucky, US
Prof Olson is the author of seven books and some 90 research articles on aspects of Middle East history. Since the 1980s Dr. Olson has been particularly interested in how the increasing importance of Kurdish nationalist movements have affected the domestic and foreign politics of Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria. His books include, The Emergence of Kurdish Nationalism and the Sheikh Said Rebellion (1989); The Goat and the Butcher: Nationalism and State Formation in Kurdistan-Iraq since the Iraqi War (2005); Turkey-Iran Relations, 1979-2004 (2004); Turkey’s Relations with Iran, Syria, Israel, and Russia, 1991-2000: The Kurdish and Islamist Questions (2001); The Kurdish Question and Turkish-Iranian Relations: From WWI to 1998 (1998). His latest article dealing with the Kurdish question in Turkey is : “Turkish-Kurdish Relations: A Year of Significant Developments,” Insight-Turkey, vol. 10, no. 4 (2008), 23-51
Kerim Yildiz, Executive Director, Kurdish Human Rights Project (KHRP)
Kerim Yildiz is an expert in international human rights law and the Kurdish regions, an accomplished writer and a co-founder of the Kurdish Human Rights Project. Yildiz received the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights award for his services to protect human rights and promote the rule of law in 1996, and in 2005 received the Sigrid Rausing Trust’s Human Rights award for Leadership in Indigenous and Minority Rights. He has extensive experience in human rights and actively works to raise awareness on human rights violations worldwide; assisting with many cases to the European Court of Human Rights, conducting legal training seminars in Europe and the Kurdish regions, and regularly contributing to seminars and conferences. Yildiz has also written extensively on human rights. His most recent publications include ‘Turkey’s Accession to the EU: Democracy, Human Rights and the Kurds’ (Pluto Press, 2005), ‘The Kurds in Syria: The Forgotten People’ (Pluto Press, 2005), 'The Kurds in Iraq: Past, Present and Future - Revised Edition' (Pluto Press, 2007), 'The Kurds in Iran: Past Present and Future' (Pluto Press, 2007, with Tanyel Taysi) and 'An Ongoing Practice: Torture in Turkey' (KHRP, 2007, with Frederick Piggott).
The meeting is hosted by the Bar Human Rights Committee for England and Wales and Peace in Kurdistan Campaign.