The EU accession process will shape Turkey's future and, in particular, its potential to become a pluralist, democratic state with respect for international human rights. In this timely survey Kerim Yildiz and Mark Muller explain and analyse the process of accession focusing primarily on these associated human rights obligations and the extent of their implementation in Turkey. The European Union and Turkish Accession addresses the variety of groups in Turkey who are affected by these negotiations and details the background of the Kurdish people - the largest minority group in Turkey - and their relationship to the Turkish republic. This book is essential for students studying EU enlargement, particularly the human rights issues around the Turkish Accession, and those interested in the ongoing struggle of the Kurds.
Kerim Yildiz is the Chief Executive of the Kurdish Human Rights Project, an innovative London-based human rights organisation that strategically challenges legislation and practices in order to secure redress for survivors of human rights violations and to prevent future abuses. A Kurd and former refugee from political persecution, he has written and spoken extensively on issues of human rights, minority rights and international law. Mark Muller is a leading barrister specialising in international human rights cases and criminal related litigation both at home and abroad. He is chair of the Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC), chair of the Kurdish Human Rights Project (KHRP) and a director of the EUTCC (EU Turkey Civic Commission), each of which he helped establish.
Foreword by Noam Chomsky Introduction 1. Background 2. Turkey and the EU 3. Civil and Political Rights in Turkey 4. Cultural and Minority Rights in Turkey 5. Conflict in the Southeast 6. The international dimensions to the conflict 7. The Military and the Islamist Movement 8. Internal Displacement 9. The EU and the Kurds 10. The Future of the EU Accession Notes Index