The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal

Lord Hylton

This body is composed of seven distinguished judges from Europe, who are independent of governments.  The Tribunal was founded in Bologna (Italy) in 1979.

It took evidence in March in Paris about two specific charges against Turkey:  that war crimes had been committed mainly against the Kurdish population of Turkey, between June 2015 and February 2017.  In addition, there had been kidnappings and assassinations inside and outside Turkey, for example the murder of three Kurdish women in Paris in 2013.  The Tribunal took account of the invasion of parts of northern Syria, by the Turkish army, supported by a militia of extreme Islamists (many of them former members of ISIS and Al-Nusra).  This has caused massive displacements of population.

Philippe Texier, a French judge, formerly working with the UN High Commission for Human Rights announced the findings of the Tribunal and said:

“The right of the Kurdish people to self-determination had been constantly denied.”  They had suffered “disproportionate violence”.

The five main recommendations included:

Withdrawal of the Turkish army from Syria;

Restoration of detained magistrates, journalists, MPs etc;

Ending the state of emergency;

Negotiations in good faith to resolve the internal conflict.

Full details can be found here.

I write the above after many visits to Turkey to observe elections and mass trials, and also to Syria.

7 comments for “The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal

  1. 05/06/2018 at 5:37 pm

    Once again, I have to draw attention
    to our truly urgently desperate need for the
    and high-overarching
    constitutionally peaceful-revolution
    of all human-civilizations still extant;

    the topmost-priority EarthLife as well as Human-Civilisation Need,
    that is worldwide being turned a blind-eye to, top-to-bottom avoided, and both idealogically and practically stifled and inhibited.

    “Rights” should never have so deeply-constitutionally and “dog-in-manger-like” replaced both Human Needs and Human Reasoning –

    The Fact is that “one-human-being needs ONLY one-human-living”;
    thereafter each human-being further but very-secondarily needs a “primary-right” to satisfy just that single fundamental natural-&-civilisational need.

    The single unification Peaceful-Revolutionary-Path being proposed has been long-term “interimly” called
    “Self-&-Civilisation Co-Sustainworthying Movement”
    and its details and guidance sources can be seen within
    the not-for-profit, power nor prestige e-sites
    Without such a peaceful-revolution the existing worldwide and United Nations Constitutions must not only remain
    deeply staticly-entrenched
    and “inaccessible for survival and purpose-fitness-up-dating”

    but 100% “win-lose” adversarily-deludedly aiding-and-abetting not only our Humankind extinction
    but also the greater extinction of millions of other Lifeforms on this Earth as well as the irreversible-destruction of inorganic or ‘non-bio’ Lifesupports.

    • Richard Lock
      08/06/2018 at 7:27 am

      It is significant that Lords will spend so much time ‘fiddling’ around with other people’s lives and, whilst some individual efforts might be useful, their overall contribution is wasteful and does nothing to make life easier for anyone other than themselves. The sooner the Lords is abolished and replaced by a genuinely effective veto from the electorate, the better. As an example of the total uselessness of some peers there were, recently, two who stood up to decry the presence of a so-called ‘far-right’ activists in the House; both used the word hate like a snake bite – what use, exactly, were those two comments in light of existing stresses in our society?? The Lords are themselves all too often extremists but thats OK isn’t it?? No, the sooner the Lords are consigned to history the better. So, the contribution by JSDMiles is of greater value than almost anything currently being discussed by a hotch potch of the ‘great and the good’

      • maude elwes
        11/06/2018 at 7:31 pm

        @ Richard Lock

        Britain is more than being fiddled with, she’s being seriously abused.

        How can the ‘men’ in that Parliament seriously accept what is presently being presented as leadership to this island of warriors? It is one thing to wear a face of orderly good manners, but, to lie down and be walked over by an obvious group of halfwits is going way beyond the call of duty.

        No matter where you stand politically, to watch our people systematically ridiculed by incompetence humiliates our core being and throws us into the kind of chaos we will not be able to raise ourselves from easily. A symbol of our demise was watching Trooping of the Colour.

        You will not get fighting men to follow horrendous betrayal witnessed in this fiasco. Time to shut shop and scurry away quickly. Anything else is a disgrace.

        We are in desperate need of a few ‘Men of Harlech.’

        Do you believe there are any left?

  2. 14/06/2018 at 2:24 pm

    It’s interesting to hear about the kinds of things that are discussed and taken to the House of Lords – I hadn’t much idea before stumbling onto this blog! It’s certainly a very unique aspect of our legal system.

    • 19/06/2018 at 7:03 pm

      D’accord, Sophie;
      but really this sort-of
      “voluntary seated-peers minority-group’s
      ‘two-way participatory-democratisational reach-out direct with the Public”

      seems more like an “legally informal grapevine”
      which “democraticly-constitutionally” is “non-existent”
      and is thereby “not an acceptable voice” !

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