Stabilitocracies in the Balkans 2018: The Relationship of Turkey and Serbia and the Case for Human Rights

Monday, October 15, 2018
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room, 1219 International Affairs Building (420 W 118th St)

Please join us for a panel discussion on the relationship between Turkey and Serbia and its effect on human rights in the Balkans with Civil Rights Defenders members Goran MileticSinan Gökçen, and Ivana Randjelovic moderated by Tanya Domi (Columbia/SIPA). Sabina Pačariz (Queen Mary University) will serve as discussant.

Goran Miletic is Director for Europe at Civil Rights Defenders, and is stationed at their Regional Office for Europe in Belgrade. He began working for Civil Rights Defenders in 2004 as a Programme Officer for the Western Balkans.

Sinan Gökçen is a Programme Officer for Turkey at Civil Rights Defenders. He has extensive experience working in the human rights field in Turkey, both as a journalist and as a human rights defender. Sinan became involved in human rights activism in late 1980s as a founding member of one of the most prominent human rights organisations in the country and was actively involved in the coordination of their activities. He worked for years as a professional journalist, particularly focused on minority rights, democratisation and peaceful conflict resolution.

Ivana Randjelovic is an experienced and passionate human rights activist, working as a Senior Programme Officer for Europe at Civil Rights Defenders. She is committed to achieving social change in complex environments, particularly by focusing on advancement of civil and political rights in the most repressive societies in Europe. She has been actively engaged in NGO work for more than fifteen years working on advancement of minority rights, freedom of expression and reconciliation in the Western Balkans region. 

Sabina Pačariz is a PhD candidate at the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University in London. Her doctoral thesis empirically investigates the nature of contemporary Turkish influence in Serbia, on political and economic level. She completed her MA studies at the Marmara University in Istanbul, Department of Political Science and International Relations, and her undergraduate studies at the Philological Faculty at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. Before starting her PhD, Sabina worked for several years as interpreter on English and Turkish in Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia. She is also the annual contributing author for the Yearbook of Muslims (Leiden:Brill), for the reports on Montenegro, and the author of Migrations From Former Yugoslavia to Turkey 1945-1974: The Case of Sandžak (Sarajevo: Centre for Advanced Studies). Sabina recently completed her fellowship at the Centre for South-East Europe in Graz, Austria.