Forced into unbeing: enforced disappearances and mass graves in Turkey and Iran

 

Justice for Iran, 19 September 2016:  London Metropolitan University in partnership with the organisations Justice for Iran (based in London) and the Truth Justice Memory Center (Hafiza Merkezi based in Turkey) will host an event on enforced disappearances and mass graves in Iran and Turkey.

The event will address the long-term struggle for truth and justice for the victims of enforced disappearance and secret executions in the context of the Kurdish population of Turkey and in the Islamic Republic in Iran. The event will discuss the plight of the families of the victims in both countries, considers the gender perspective to the problem, and will also look into the underground map of mass graves in Iran. The families who have been fighting to seek justice for victims of these past crimes will tell their stories.

Keynote Speaker: Henrikas Mickevičius, member of the UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntarily Disappearances

Chairing event: Bill Bowring, Professor of International Law, Birkbeck College

Panel speakers: Chowra Makaremi, a researcher based at Institut de recherche interdisciplinaire sur les enjeux sociaux in Paris whose mother was the victim of enforced disappearance and secret execution, Özlem Kaya, an activist with NGO Hafıza Merkezi, speaking on the situation in Turkey and gender aspects of the disappeared and Shadi Sadr, human rights lawyer, Justice for Iran based in London, (speaking on 1988 massacre and mass graves in Iran.

There will also be a short film screening, plenary discussion and networking reception.

October 14th event will take place at the Grand Hall in London Metropolitan University 5-8pm. Registration is free but donations would be welcome.

For more information about the location, time and registration, please click here or go to the event Facebook page.

For questions about the event, please contact Azar Sheibani at a.sheibani@londonmet.ac.uk.

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