Meeting: ‘Living Freedom – Evolution of Kurdish Conflict in Turkey and the Efforts to Resolve It’

 By Peace in Kurdistan Campaign:

Adem Uzun

Adem Uzun

Public Meeting on the occasion of the UK launch of the paper by Adem Uzun and published by Berghof FoundationDate: Friday 20 June, 2014, 6.30pm

Venue: Room B102, Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh St, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG


  • Luxshi Vimalarajah, Programme Director of Dialogue, Mediation and Peace Support Structures at the Berghof Foundation
  • Adem Uzun, Executive Member of Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) on video
  • Selma Benkhelifa, Lawyer, Progress Lawyers Network, Belgium
  • Jean Lambert MEP
  • Desmond Fernandes, Peace in Kurdistan Campaign & CAMPACC

Chaired by Margaret Owen OBE, International Human Rights Lawyer & Patron of Peace in Kurdistan Campaign

Political violence is a tool of both state and non-state actors, and replacing it by political methods of conflict management is essential to making sustainable peace. Adem Uzun’s case study about the Kurdish conflict is part of a series produced by the Berghof Foundation to bring to wider attention and appreciation those important voices – including those deliberately silenced as ‘’terrorists’’ – which are usually excluded or devalued in the analysis of conflict.

In his report Adem sets out to explain the emergence and internal evolution of the PKK within the context of the Kurdish struggle for freedom and democracy against the repressive and nationalistic policies pursued by the Turkish state. The seminar will focus on the need to understand in more depth the dynamics of organisations, such as the Kurds, who have been making the transition from conflict to democratic politics, in order to improve the understanding of their role, and ultimately contribute towards the achievement of lasting peace.

Organised by SOAS Kurdish Society in association with Peace in Kurdistan Campaign & Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC)

For more information contact:
SOAS Kurdish Society:

Peace in Kurdistan – Campaign for a political solution of the Kurdish Question
Contacts Estella Schmid 020 7586 5892 & Melanie  Sirinathsingh – Tel: 020 7272 7890

One Response to Meeting: ‘Living Freedom – Evolution of Kurdish Conflict in Turkey and the Efforts to Resolve It’
  1. KIM
    June 3, 2014 | 11:06

    A very useful link for Under-Graduate and Post-graduate students in South Kurdistan.

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