Event Turkey: Fighting for democracy under authoritarian rule
Government & Politics Turkey: Fighting for democracy under authoritarian rule
Turkey: Fighting for democracy under authoritarian rule London
Turkey: Fighting for democracy under authoritarian rule Government & Politics London
Turkey: Fighting for democracy under authoritarian rule United Kingdom
London United Kingdom
Start: Feb 09 2019 11:00
Finish: Feb 09 2019 16:30
Time zone: Europe/London
This event is finished
Our 3rd Annual SPOT Conference provides an opportunity to hear from those who have seen and experienced the reality of life under Erdogan’s authoritarian regime and invites you to find out more about what we are already doing to build international solidarity and call to account both the Turkish state and the complicity of European governments.
On the day we will be joined by the following speakers;
Julie Ward, MEP, The Labour Party
Ben Hicks, The Guardian Foundation
Cagri Sari, Evrensel Newspaper
Mustafa Kuleli, TGS
Sarah Clarke, Article 19
Aidan White, Ethical Journalism Network
Mustafa Yalciner, Labour Party of Turkey
Kate Osamor, Labour Party MP
Ali Seker, CHP MP
Lindsey German, Stop the War Coalition
Bermal Aydin, Academic
Steve Sweeney, Morning Star
Aydin Cubukcu, Yeni E Editor
Osman Baydemir / Former HDP MP
Simon Dubbins, Unite the Union
Chris Baugh, PCS
Caroline Stockford, IPI
Joanna de Groot, University of York
Turkey’s ruling powers are pushing the country towards a dictatorship and Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s attacks on democracy are impacting all sections of society. With this increasingly authoritarian regime, the state of emergency has become normalised and entrenched in law, an executive presidency created, independent media outlets shut down, academics and public-sector workers purged and criminalised, attacks on Kurdish regions intensified, opposition politicians arrested, violence against women on the rise, discrimination and hate crimes against LGBT increasing, the environment being destroyed and so the list goes on.
Meanwhile, world leaders watch unflinching, continuing to sell weapons and tip-toeing around Turkey’s human rights record. But the battle for democracy and workers’ rights in Turkey goes on and provides a ray of hope. And we know that democracy maybe denied but it is not yet lost.
For more information about this event and/or to get involved contact us.