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Mary Lou McDonald calls for the release of pro-Kurdish HDP political prisoners

23 November, 2018 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin President, Mary Lou McDonald TD, has welcomed the recent ruling of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) that Turkey has violated the European Convention on Human Rights in its imprisonment of the former co-chair of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtaş.

Deputy McDonald said:

"I welcome this ruling from the ECHR and that they have demanded the immediate release of Selahattin Demirtaş from prison. 

" Selahattin was illegally detained in November 2016, along with 12 other elected HDP MPs. They have been imprisoned simply because they stand for peace, human rights and democracy.

"More than 5,000 members and activists of the HDP have been detained, and 58 of their elected mayors and 10 of their MPs remain in jail.

"The next hearings for Selahattin’s case take place between 12 and 15 December. Sinn Féin sends our solidarity to him and all the HDP representatives facing persecution by the authoritarian government in Turkey.

"We call for Selahattin’s immediate release and the release of all HDP political prisoners.”

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