This presentation by Hannah Russell is part of Panel Discussion II: Victimization of Kurds by the Current Turkish Law Part I of the Conference on the Kurdish Question in Turkey hosted by the Law School and ISCTSJ at Queen's University Belfast on 17 April 2013.

The presentation is entitled 'A Culture of Denial: An Exploration of the Right to Life and the Kurdish Question in Turkey'. Focusing on the right to life, it addresses Turkey's approach in dealing with, or failing to deal with, the atrocities that have occurred during the Turkish-Kurdish conflict. It highlights the obligations that Turkey is subject to within domestic and international law, with particular focus on the European Convention on Human Rights and the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights. It considers a number of reoccurring issues, which have raised serious questions of Turkey's commitment to upholding the right to life in the context of the Turkish-Kurdish conflict. These include excessive use of force, cases of disappearance, failures to effectively investigate and the use of targeted killings. The paper concludes by assessing the role that the European Court of Human Rights has played in holding Turkey to account and what this means for the conflict overall.

The views expressed during this presentation are the views of the speakers alone.

Copyright © 2013 Queen's University Belfast and the speakers.

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