This presentation by Dr Darren Dinsmore 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.
This presentation is entitled 'Internal Displacement in Turkey: Shortcomings in International Oversight and the Domestic Implementation of Human Rights Law'.
Recent developments in Turkey appear to signal a renewed effort to bring an end to the conflict and, perhaps, to resolve the long-standing grievances of Kurds. In addition to the issue of constitutional recognition, political actors must sooner or later face the immense challenge of dealing with the legacy of more than 20 years of conflict. Peace-building in Turkey will require that steps be taken to address the social, political, economic and psychological impact of conflict and of widespread violations of human rights. The situation of the more than 1 million 'internally displaced persons' in Turkey is a key indicator to progress. In recent years the Turkish government has proven increasingly willing to engage with international experts and has recognised the need to provide assistance to its IDPs. However, Turkey's large-scale, protracted displacement has brought to light the de-politicising effects of international law in this area, inadequacies of the judicial oversight provided at Strasbourg, and the limited effect of domestic measures focussed on economic solutions. In the absence of a holistic approach to its causes and consequences, the problem of internal displacement will continue to exacerbate social conflict and mistrust towards the State. This paper will identify shortcomings to the international oversight of internal displacement in Turkey and examine what further measures are required to resolve the needs of the displaced.
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