1. Forced displacement of tribal people in Chhattisgarh, India,
2. Corporate invasion of tribal lands,
3. Salwa Judum Campaign,
4. Indian state terrorism, and
5. Concentration camps for the tribal people.
For the second time we travelled with two colleagues from the Schoolplein Advocaten, Utrecht, to Diyarbakir in Turkey in order to attend, as international observers, the 21st hearing of the mass trial against 152 defendants: the so-called KCK trial in Diyarbakir. This time, with the delegation was the Dutch journalist Vijdan Yildirim, who accompanied us a translator.
Since the 21st hearing of the trial, took place on April 19, 2011, two additional hearings have taken place where the lawyers of the suspects were, as a way of protest, not present at the court proceedings. Outside the Court, the lawyers once again announced their demands: that the court recognize the defendant’s right to a defense in their native language (Kurdish,, that a this court’s competence is reviewed in terms of handling of the case, and finally that all defendants in this case are to stand trial simultaneously.
The KCK Trial: Human rights violation in the name of the law?
ACCOUNT OF A POLITICAL TRIAL
13 January 2011.Today, Diyarbakir, a city with 1,2 million residents in south-east Turkey, will be witnessing a mass trial. In this trial, 151 persons are accused of links to the Kurdistan Communities Union, or KCK.