As Women in Black very urgent calls to release Muyeser Gunes out of
Turkish prison, maybe some WiB's will be interested to participate the
Kurdish Peace Conference, of which Jill forward us this information.
If anybody will go, can you please talk about Muyeser Gunes too !
This is another report of actions to support Muyeser from Femmes en Noir / Women in Black Marseille (France)
We "femmes en Noir"marseille held a "gala de
soutien"(support concert with some sketches put up by a refuznik yohv
and a palestinian friend of his) for the refuzniks and had a
petition signed for Muyeser Gunes,on the 21st the past month.
Then at our vigil last wednesday I made a Sandwich -woman of myself
with Muyeser photo pinned,and collected a number of signatures to mail
to the turkish embassy in Paris.
Very friendly,Rachel,Femme en Noir marseille.
From: KNK [
Sent: 18 April 2005 22:21
At the end of May (28-30 May) there will be a mini-Kurdish social
forum-in Diyarbakir on peace for the Middle East with participants from
all parts of Europe.
A major subject of discussion will be the situation of women. The Peace
Mothers will also be there....you think there are some wib women out
there who would be interested to go? What do you think?
Main Invitation Text
DIYARBAKIR DEMOCRACY PLATFORM
FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
The search for a new and better life for all
Conference in Diyarbakir 28-30 May 2005
Dear Folleagues and Friends
You are cordially invited to take part in a major conference on For
Peace and Justice in the Middle East to be held in the Kurdish city of
Diyarbakir and hosted by the local Diyarbakir Municipality. The
conference will proceed over three days between 28-30 May and will
bring together members of NGOs, politicians, civil society
organisations, including human rights, environmental and women
activists, from across Europe.
The agenda will focus on some of the key issues facing people today in
relation to peace, democracy and non-violent conflict resolution in the
Middle East and the world.
The conference will allow delegates to share their ideas and
experiences on the urgent problems of democratic transformation and the
dynamics of change in the region and how these questions relate to the
rest of the world, specifically to Europe.
The initiative will also be an opportunity to exert influence on public
opinion and policy in Turkey and within the European Union. From
different international perspectives the agenda will address the roles
that can be played by civil initiatives, local democracy and
governmental institutions in achieving these aims.
One of the objectives of the conference will be to draw up a final
statement of common principles signed by all participants that will be
issued as a public declaration and distributed to governments and more
Themes on the agenda will include:
- Prospects for securing peace in the Middle East
- Human rights issues according to the Copenhagen Criteria
- Situation and perspectives of women
- Problems in fighting poverty
- The water question in the Middle East
- Protection of the cultural heritage and the environment
- Chances for a general amnesty or adequate measures for the social reintegration of political activists
- Resettlement and the financing of rehabilitation programmes for displaced people.
- Alleviating dangers posed by land mines
- Cultural freedoms, freedom of the press, the right to mother tongue education, publication and other language rights
- Education, training and employment opportunities
- Cooperation and networking among civil initiatives
- Dialogue and cooperation with European partners
For information about the Diyarbakir Democracy Platform please see BACKGROUND NOTES below.
We will be delighted if you would consider attending the conference and enclose a participation form.
Looking forward to hear from you.
DIYARBAKIR DEMOCRACY PLATFORM SECRETERIAT
: Halil BAYHAN – Remzi YILDIRIM
: 0090 412 223 30 33 / 0090 412 229 58 66
: 0090 412 223 57 37
DIYARBAKIR DEMOCRACY PLATFORM SECRETERIAT
Selahattin DEMİRTAŞ, Ali ÖNCÜ, Necdet ATALAY, İhsan BABAOĞLU
Democracy Platform of Diyarbakir
The Diyarbakir Democracy Platform was established in 1992 as an
association of 32 organisations from the city and its surrounding
areas. It encompasses a large variety of ecological groups, human
rights organisations, trade unions and professional organisations,
journalists, women¥s organisations and activists of grass roots
projects. The platform has drafted a “Declaration for Peace and
Democracy”. It is supported by 324 organisations from 19 provinces of
Turkey. Much support has also come from groups and non-government
organisations (NGO’s) working from outside of the Kurdish ‘south-east’
The objective of the platform is to initiate projects that would lead
to a ‘sustainable’ and meaningful dialogue between the different
social, ethnic, cultural, human rights and environmental groups of
Turkey. Its activists believe that civic NGOs should play a fundamental
part in the necessary democratisation of Turkey, not least in terms of
tackling the issue of developing dialogue between communities and the
state in order to promote both peaceful multi-ethnic relations and
official state acknowledgement of minority groups and their identities.
The platform seeks to promote a peaceful and practically ‘sustainable’
mode of co-existence in the predominantly Kurdish areas.
The organisers of the conference are committed towards strengthening
the position of NGO’s that are involved in seeking to accelerate
democratisation processes within Turkey. It also aims to establish
solidarity linkages with international NGO’s, community groups and
people who can share their international experience and expertise in
conflict resolution and peace, pro-democracy, and meaningful
‘sustainable’ development initiatives that address local cultural,
economic and environmental concerns. These insights and linkages will
undoubtedly be of use to NGO’s and civic groups within Turkey that are
committed towards democratisation and peace/conflict resolution
processes that will, amongst other things, practically seek to ensure
that a peaceful mode of co-existence in the predominantly Kurdish areas
must be found.
The deliberations of the Diyarbakir Democracy Platform must serve as a
long-term orientation for the empowerment of NGOs and other civic
organisations on their march towards democratisation in Turkey.
The Diyarbakir Platform’s goals and objectives
It is certainly an important task to espouse the implementation of
peace, democracy and justice as the principal values of the
contemporary world in the difficult and crisis-ridden times we live in.
The goal is to organise an international civic forum with stated
intentions along these lines in Turkey – a country facing tremendous
challenges in terms of a pressing need for reforms. This initiative
amounts to an enterprise of immediate practical relevance. Particularly
for the deprived Kurdish provinces of ‘the East’, there is a need to
establish in a peaceful and civic way, the international standards
enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, expressed in
the Copenhagen Criteria and voiced in European Union pronouncements
concerning the democratisation process that Turkey needs to
It would be detrimental to these ends if a vacuum was to arise where
there was nothing but war and a state of emergency for several more
years. Now is the time to promote and engage in open debate about the
nature and course of democratic change. It is hoped that state and
non-state sectors will be able to engage in fruitful and meaningful
dialogue and debate.
One concrete task envisaged by the initiative is the facilitation of
networking among mutually cooperating local projects with a view
towards catalysing a process of learning, particularly as it relates to
issues of ‘rights’ and ‘freedoms’, ‘education’ and ‘economic
development’ and ‘environmental concern’ by activating the grass-roots
sections and formations of society. In these terms, the first and
foremost objectives of the civil forum will be to discuss, debate and
reflect upon transformative processes that are taking place, or that
can or should be supported, in the region.
It is envisaged that out of these discussions there will emerge a
programme of social and cultural development based on democratic
perspectives and strategies leading to practical solutions of concrete
problems and tasks which will help to develop and strengthen civil
society in Eastern and Western Turkey.