DİSA has been organizing panels, workshops and conferences on issues related to the social and political problems of Turkey and also conducting research projects since 8 March 2010 mostly in the city of Diyarbakır. The research projects that have covered a wide range of topics including mother tongue-based multilingual education and the economic development of Diyarbakır, continues with Conflict Resolution.
The Ceasefire and Disarmament Panel Series will be taking place in April, May and June this year. The guest speaker of the first panel today was Jonathan Powell, previously the chief British government negotiator on the Northern Ireland peace process during his time as Chief of Staff for Prime Minister Tony Blair from 1997 to 2007. The panel was moderated by writer and journalist Cengiz Çandar.
After an opening speech that included positive remarks on the ongoing peace process, DİSA President Necdet İpekyüz introduced the discussion topics and speakers of the next sessions of the Ceasefire and Disarmament Panel Series within the Conflict Resolution Program of DİSA.
Cengiz Çandar started his speech by greeting the participants in Kurdish. Çandar likened Jonathan Powell to a kirve (someone who acts as a kind of godfather at the circumcision ceremony) during the peace negotiations between the IRA and the United Kingdom. He also pointed out that Powell actively contributed to the negotiation processes between ETA and the Spanish government as well as the one between FARC and the Colombian government and cited Powell by these words: "A peace process is like riding a bicycle where one should never stop pedaling. If you ever fall off your bicycle, it is very difficult to take control once again."
"An atmosphere of balance and equality are prerequisites for getting results."
"There is no single model to be followed, you can draw lessons from every negotiation process" said Jonathan Powell at the beginning of his speech. He went on by saying that agreements are not merely enough for establishing mutual trust and that the process should look like a ballet where you both make your steps based on mutually kept promises.
"A sustainable solution requires consistency and time."
Powell underlined the importance of meeting with all the stakeholders in the negotiation process in order to get any results and that third parties had an active role to play in establishing trust and pushing the process forward. He further added: "Every problem has a solution, there is no process without any solutions. Some might not be in favour of the peace process ending with concrete progress or some events may shatter the mutual trust. All these possibilities need to be considered in order to reach a solution. A true leadership requires making bold decisions, taking risks and patience."
Also talking about the peace process in Turkey, Powell said that the Newroz statement was both very important and promising. Citing IRA, Powell said "You may use the concept of terror to describe a tactic, but I do not think that it would help anybody in solving this problem to define a whole movement as terrorist."
This panel will be followed by another two: On May 4, Sinn Fein MP Conor Murphy will talk about his experiences during the negotiation process between the IRA and the UK. The panel will be moderated by DİSA founder Meral Danış Beştaş. The speaker of the third panel on June 8 will be Dr.Gustavo Palma who is a researcher on the peace process in Guatemala. This panel will be moderated by Dr.Nesrin Uçarlar who works on transitional justice.
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International Mother Language Day February 21st is celebrated by the whole world, especially by the oppressed and discriminated people whose mother tongue is prohibited. The date represents February 21st, 1952, when a group of activists, consisting mostly of university students, were killed by police during a demonstration for the recognition of their language in Bangladesh. The demonstration was organized by the activists advocating for the recognition of Bengali language, after the declaration of State of Pakistan indicating that Urdu is the only national language of the country. United Nation Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared February 21st as International Mother Language Day in memory of the activists that were killed and in order to take precautions against language extinction. The aim was both to commemorate these activists and to raise national and international awareness on the language extinction due to various State policies, promote these languages in official institutions (such as in education) and prevent loss of linguistic diversity. As DISA, we are advocating for education in Kurdish language and using the language freely and equally in all public spheres. On this International Mother Language Day, we would like to re-express our belief and support in mother-tongue based education system and multilingual and multicultural democratic life. According to “Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger” published by UNESCO, Zazaki language, a sub-dialect of Kurdish, is categorized as unsafe. Therefore, we are dedicating our studies regarding Zazaki under our program “ Mother Tongue First” to this day. We would like to share with you our two new brochures published in Zazaki. (www.disa.org.tr ).
On February 27th, 2013 at 5pm at DISA we will be holding a talk on “Sub-dialects of Kurdish, Zazaki and Kurmanji, in Discussions regarding Mother-Tongue and Multilingualism”. We would like to invite you to this talk where Roşan Lezgin will be the speaker, who plays an important role in introducing these brochures to Zazaki and in the development of the language.
Date: February 27, 2013 Wednesday
Location and Time: DISA, 5:00pm
Address: Mimar Sinan cad. Aslan apt. B Blok Kat: 4 No: 12 Yenisehir/ Diyarbakir
Tel: 0412 2281442
Click here for the poster.
Institute for Political and Social Research & The Turkey Representation of
the Heinrich Böll Stiftung are organizing an conference entitled: “Percepions, Actors and the Settlement of the Kurdish
The conference will be held on December, 07-08.2012 in Ankara. Attached you can
find the program and concept of the conference. We would be pleased if you
could participate in the conference.
For further information: +90-212-249 15 54, email@example.com. and our website www.tr.boell.org
P.S.: Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in English, Turkish and Kurdish throughout the conference.
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On October 6th, 2012, Vahap Coşkun and the author of the Mother Tongue First Analysis Reports, Şerif Derince, presented the above mentioned works in our first meeting of Mother Tongue First: Mother Tongue in Education and Multilingualism held in Diyarbarkır. In the second session of the meeting, parliamentarians Galip Ensaroğlu from AKP (Justice and Development Party) and Altan Tan from BDP (Peace and Democracy Party) led a solution-oriented discussion.
On November 9th, 2012, we will be holding the second meeting of Mother Tongue First: Mother Tongue in Education and Multilingualism in İstanbul where DİSA will present its publications and parliamentarians from AKP (Galip Ensarioğlu), BDP (Meral Danış Beştaş) and CHP (Atilla Kart) will discuss their parties’ mother tongue policies.
Click here for the program.
Click here for the poster.