By Sheri Laizer Cemil Bayik was born in Elazig, north Kurdistan in 1955, the eldest of four children. A brilliant student, he was sent on a state scholarship to study at Teacher Training College in Malatya and then continued on to university in Ankara. It was there that he became acquainted with a Turkish classmate,… Continue reading

By Eric Avebury Parliamentary Human Rights Group Chairman This paper was presented at the Middle East Studies Association in Washington, DC December 1995 When the Ottoman Empire finally disintegrated, following the allied victory in the war of 1914-18, and the birth of Armenian and Kurdish states appeared at first to be inevitable, Ataturk’s response was… Continue reading

By Ismet G. Imset Thursday, December 7, 1995 The Crisis A burning war: When in 1984 Turkey found itself faced with a series of armed attacks on military installations in the dominantly Kurdish-populated rural Southeast region, it immediately resolved on a traditional policy, to deal with these so- called “handful of bandits”  in style, with… Continue reading