The European Union and Turkish Accession: Human Rights and the Kurds

The European Union and Turkish Accession: Human Rights and the Kurds

by Kerim Yildiz, Mark Muller
     
 

ISBN-10: 0745327850

ISBN-13: 9780745327853

Pub. Date: 04/24/2008

Publisher: Pluto Press

The EU accession process will shape Turkey's future and, in particular, its potential to become a pluralist, democratic state with respect for international human rights. In this timely survey Kerim Yildiz and Mark Muller explain and analyse the process of accession focusing on the associated human rights obligations and the extent of their implementation in Turkey.

Overview

The EU accession process will shape Turkey's future and, in particular, its potential to become a pluralist, democratic state with respect for international human rights. In this timely survey Kerim Yildiz and Mark Muller explain and analyse the process of accession focusing on the associated human rights obligations and the extent of their implementation in Turkey. The European Union and Turkish Accession addresses the variety of groups in Turkey who are affected by these negotiations, and details the background of the Kurdish people - the largest minority group in Turkey - and their relationship to the Turkish republic.

About the Author:
Kerim Yildiz is a leading human rights defender and Executive Director of the Kurdish Human Rights Project (KHRP)

About the Author:
Mark Muller QC is a leading barrister specialising in international human rights cases and criminal related litigation both at home and abroad. He is chair of the Bar Human Rights Committee and trustee of the Delfina Foundation

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745327853
Publisher:
Pluto Press
Publication date:
04/24/2008
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Map of the area inhabited by Kurds     ix
Acknowledgements     x
Foreword   Noam Chomsky     xi
List of Abbreviations     xviii
Introduction     1
Background     4
The Kurds     4
The Turkish Republic     12
Turkey and the EU     20
The route to accession     20
The opening of formal EU accession negotiations     24
Turkey's EU bid in a wider political context     25
Fulfilment of the Copenhagen Criteria for EU accession?     29
Civil and Political Rights in Turkey     39
The pro-EU reform process     40
Torture and 'zero tolerance'     42
Freedom of expression, publishing and the media     50
Civil society in Turkey     62
Political participation     67
Cultural and Minority Rights in Turkey     77
Cultural and linguistic rights     78
EU reforms     90
Minority rights standards in Turkey     93
Definitional issues     98
Substantive rights     102
Conflict in the Southeast     106
Origins and development of the conflict     106
Resolving the conflict     110
The EU and the conflict in the southeast     117
The Kurdish question from a Turkish perspective     122
The International Dimension to the conflict     126
Turkey and Kurdistan, Iraq     127
Turkish military activity in Kurdistan, Iraq     132
Turkey, Iran and Syria     137
The Military and the Islamist Movement     144
Secularists vs Islamists     145
The Islamist movement, human rights and the Kurdish issue     147
The AKP, Turkey and the Military     148
Internal Displacement     152
Background to displacement     152
Conditions and difficulties faced by internally displaced persons     156
The government response to displacement     157
State impediments to return     163
The international response to internal displacement in Turkey     165
The EU and the Kurds     169
Europe's role in solving the Kurdish question     169
Assessment of the EU's approach     178
The Kurdish perspective on EU accession     184
The Future of EU Accession     189
Human Rights and EU Accession     191
Implications of the Accession Process      193
Notes     200
Index     231

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