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EUTCC was established in order to monitor and conduct regular audits of the European Commission's performance in ensuring Turkey's full compliance with the accession criteria as defined within the meaning of the accession agreements.

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THE CURRENT SITUATION OF THE KURDS IN SYRIA

Approximately 1.7 million Kurds live in Syria, a much smaller number than in Turkey, Iran, or Iraq. Furthermore, the Kurds in Syria live in three non-contiguous areas and, therefore, historically have been much less successfully organized and developed than in the other three states. Nevertheless, the Kurds in Syria constitute the largest minority in Syria.

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EUTCC STATEMENT ON THE CONTINUING TRIAL OF LEADING KURDISH ACTIVISTS IN TURKEY

The ongoing trial of 151 high profile and leading Kurdish politicians and activists in Turkey accused of having links to the PKK, continues. They risk jail terms from five years to life in jail on various charges.

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EUTCC Patron Leyla Zana Sentenced to Prison by Diyarbakir Court

Leyla Zana, a former MP who has gained internationally acknowledgment for her tireless political work for the Kurdish People, was Thursday April 8 sentenced to 3 years imprisonment, accused of being supportive to the PKK and its leader Mr. Abdullah Öcalan.

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Leading Kurdish Politicians and Journalists Detained in Belgium

It is with deep concern that the EUTCC received the news that the Belgian federal police have detained 25 people for suspected links to the PKK along with ROJ-TV journalists.

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Background paper to the 6th International Conference


This paper aims to provide a background to the Turkish accession process from 2004 to the present, and will examine the progress and some of the problems that have arisen in 2009. It is designed to give some context to the discussions that will take place at the 6th International Conference on the 3rd and 4th February 2010.

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Final Resolutions to the 6th International Conference on EU, Turkey and the Kurds, 2010

The 6th International Annual conference has once more brought together contributors including leading academics, writers, legal experts, human rights organizations and prominent Turkish and Kurdish intellectuals from all over the world to debate over two days the progress that has been made in Turkey’s bid for accession to the European Union and investigate what further efforts must be made to improve human rights and the rule of law in Turkey.

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Program for the 6th International Conference on EU, Turkey and the Kurds

To see the program, click on the link below.

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EUTCC statement on Muharrem Erbey arrest

EUTCC statement on Muharrem Erbey arrest

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Mayor Osman Baydemir forbidden to leave Turkey

The democratically elected Greater Diyarbakir Mayor, Osman Baydemir, Turkey, has been forbidden by the Turkish authorities from going abroad.

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EUTCC Statement - Mass arrests in Turkey

It is with the deepest disappointment that we note the recent systematic and antidemocratic arrests of more than 80 persons including 9 democratically elected Mayors in Turkey’s southeastern provinces.

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