The project had to be postponed two times due to the earthquake and the terrible economic crisis in Turkey and 9/11. At last, the 3rd Gathering took place in 2003 with participation of Mr. Ken Roth (Exe. Sec. of HRW), Mr. Terry Carlbom (International Sec.of Int. PEN), the three monitors of Human Rights Watch and 13 guests. Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality promised to host the next Gathering.
Schedule for “Third Istanbul Gathering for Freedom of Expression” Wednesday 22nd October: 16:10 Guests arrive. 20:30 Dinner by the Mayor of Istanbul at Sarı Köşk (Emirgan). Thursday 23rd…
Schedule for “Third Istanbul Gathering for Freedom of Expression”
Wednesday 22nd October:
16:10 Guests arrive.
20:30 Dinner by the Mayor of Istanbul at Sarı Köşk (Emirgan).
Thursday 23rd October: (All the meetings will be held at the halls of Bilgi University Dolapdere Campus)
11:00 – 12:30 Press Conference: Informing mediaabout the 3rd Gathering and introducingthe guests.
18:00 – 20:30 Forum: HIV/AIDS, A HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE Guest: Meena Seshu – India, one of the three “Monitors”of Human Rights Watch in 2002. Her participation is a contribution of HRW to the 3rd Gathering and the this forum is organized by “AIDS Struggle Association” in co-operation with women’s NGOs.
Friday 24th October:(All the meetings will be held at the halls of Bilgi University Dolapdere Campus)
09:30 – 17:30 Forum: WHAT HAS CHANGED, WHAT IS TO BE CHANGED? Discussion about the last amendments in Turkish legislation and the new draft criminal, procedure and execution codes.
18:00 – 20:30 Forum: INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE Guest : Souleymane Guengueng – Chad, one of the three “Monitors” of Human Rights Watch in 2002. His participation is a contribution of HRW.
Organized by Amnesty International Turkey Section, in co-operation with NGOs of law and HR of Turkey.
Saturday 25th October:(The Forum will be held at Bilgi University Dolapdere Campus)
09:30 – 10:00 Visit to TIHV (Human Rights Foundation) Torture Rehabilitation Center
10:00 – 15:00 YOUR PROBLEM IS OUR PROBLEM (Chain Press Conferences by different NGOs concerning their problems in four stations –details attached- and taking a ‘Family Photo’ at the end).
16:00 – 19:00 Forum: STOPPING THE MUSIC (Guests: Roger Lucey, Paul Erasmus – South Africa) Their participation is a contribution of FREEMUSE to the 3rd Gathering. Organized by SSS – Sanatta Sansüre Son Girişimi (Stop Censorship on Arts Initiative) and Özerk Sanat Konseyi (Independent Council of Arts) in co-operation with NGOs of arts.
25th October, Sunday:
09:00 – 11:00 Istanbul tour by bus. (Bosphorus)
11:00 – 11:30 Press Conference at ARMADA hotel by HRW, honoring the three Monitors with Global Human Rights Defender Awards.
11:30 – 12:30 Istanbul tour by bus. (Sultanahmet)
12:30 – 14:00 Farewell lunch at ARMADA hotel by the Municipality of Esenyurt.
All the Forums and Evenings will be held at the halls of Bilgi University Dolapdere Campus.
Each guest will have a separate program to visit relevant NGOs, and meet particular individuals, state officials and media for special interviews .
Partner organizations: HRW (Human Rights Watch), a.i. (Amnesty International), International PEN, ARTICLE 19, FREEMUSE.
Participants in Turkey: Bilgi University, IHD (Human Rights Association), MAZLUMDER (Association for Oppressed People), TIHV (Human Rights Foundation of Turkey), a.i. Section of Turkey, AIDS Savaşım Derneği (AIDS Struggle Association), SSS – Sanatta Sansüre Son (Stop Censorship on Arts), Özerk Sanat Konseyi (Independent Council of Arts).
The Participants of the 3rd Gathering in Istanbul for Freedom of Expression:
Alexander Tkachenko (Russian PEN – President)
James Logan (Amnesty International Turkey Reporter)
Joanne Csete (Human Rights Watch expert on HIV/AIDS)
Jonathan Sugden (Human Rights Watch Turkey Reporter)
Ken Roth (Human Rights Watch – International Secretary)
Klaus Slavensky (DANIDA – Danish International Development Agency)
Liba Bayer (Human Rights Watch – Director of Outreach and Public Advocacy)
Meena Seshu (Human Rights Watch Monitor – India)
Paul Erasmus (former security member – South Africa)
Reed Brody (Human Rights Watch – expert on International Justice, lawyer)
Roger Lucey (former singer – South Africa)
Sara Whyatt (International PEN Writers in Prison Committee Program Director)
Souleymane Guengueng (Human Rights Watch Monitor – Chad)
Terry Carlbom (International PEN International Secretary)