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PUBLIC FORUM 'BELGIAN COURT OF APPEAL DECISION ON THE PKK'

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The Centre for Kurdish Progress, in partnership with CAMPACC and Peace in Kurdistan, is delighted to invite you to a special joint public forum on a recent Belgian court decision on the PKK. The event will be kindly hosted by Lord Maurice Glasman and chaired by Melanie Gingell.

It will take place in House of Commons committee room 4 on Monday, 20th November 2017 between 7 and 9 pm.

In September 2017, responding to a Belgian prosecution case against Kurdish individuals residing in Belgium, the Court of Appeals in Brussels ruled that the PKK is not a terrorist organisation. Among the reasons given for the Court’s decision, it was stated that the PKK has been engaged in ‘a prolonged armed conflict’ with the Turkish state, while respecting the rules of international humanitarian law. Therefore, the PKK can be exempted from ‘terrorist’ status under Belgian law, which has such an exemption. The prosecution case presented evidence of defendants wearing military apparel. This was used by the defence to present the PKK as being engaged in a war.

The Court’s initiative by making this judgement can help the international campaign to stop the war against the Kurds and to lift the ban on the PKK. This campaign has also gained impetus from the Kurdish-led experiment in democratic confederalism in the Middle East. The speakers at this meeting will discuss the implications for the 'De-list the PKK' campaign.

The views of our speakers do not represent the views of the Centre for Kurdish Progress.

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