The Kurds in Turkey

The Kurds in Turkey : EU Accession and Human Rights

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With a foreword by Noam Chomsky, this is the most up-to-date critical analysis of the problems faced by the Kurds in Turkey. Turkey has a long history of human rights abuses against its Kurdish population - a population that stretches into millions. This human rights record is one of the main stumbling blocks in Turkey's efforts to join the EU. The Kurds are denied many basic rights, including the right to learn or broadcast in their own language. This book, written by a leading human rights defender, provides a comprehensive account of the key issues now facing the Kurds, and the prospects for Turkey joining the EU. Kerim Yildiz outlines the background to the current situation and explores a range of issues including civil, cultural and political rights, minority rights, internal displacement, and the international community's obligations regarding more

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  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 22mm | 421.85g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 map
  • 0745324894
  • 9780745324890
  • 1,544,933

About Kerim Yildiz

Kerim Yildiz is the Chief Executive of the Kurdish Human Rights Project, an innovative London-based human rights organisation that strategically challenges legislation and practices in order to secure redress for survivors of human rights violations and to prevent future abuses. A Kurd and former refugee from political persecution, he has written and spoken extensively on issues of human rights, minority rights and international more

Table of contents

Introduction by Noam Chomsky 1. Introduction 2. Background 3. Turkey, the Kurds and the EU 4. Civil, political and cultural rights in Turkey 5. Internal Displacement 6. The Kurds and human and minority rights 7. Conflict in the Southeast 8. The international dimensions to the conflict 9. The EU and the Kurds Notes Indexshow more

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This book challenges basic assumptions about what motivates human bombs, giving us clues about how best to respond. Joining the jihad does not appear to be an explicit decision. Rather, beliefs are acquired as part of a social process, and the willingness to fight follows. Rational or not, commitment to jihad is rarely the product of raw calculation. This means that current counterterror strategy is fundamentally flawed, resting as it does upon the notion of deterrence - that the use or threat of force can dissuade militants from taking action. Most militants forge loyalties that are difficult to betray, and many would prefer to fight to the death. -- The Chronicle of Higher Education Turkish membership in the European Union (EU) holds the potential to democratize Turkey dramatically, along the lines of the Copenhagen Criteria (stability of institutions guaranteeing democracy, the rule of law, human rights, and respect for and protection of minorities) and thus help solve Turkey's longstanding Kurdish problem. Turkish accession would also put the lie to the clash of civilizations thesis of inevitable Armageddon between the Christian West and Islamic East, or as this study puts it, would 'potentially create a bridge between Europe and the wider Muslim world. -- Michale M. Gunter, Middle East Journalshow more

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