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Molloy to host event calling for release of Ocalan at Westminster

18 January, 2019 - by Francie Molloy

Sinn Féin MP Francie Molloy will host an event in Westminster next week calling for the release of Kurdish political leader, Abdullah Ocalan. 

The Mid Ulster MP said: 

"Kurdish political leader Abdullah Ocalan has been imprisoned since 1999 and has been held in almost total isolation for the last number of years. 

"In November, Kurdish MP Leyla Guven went on hunger strike calling for an end to the isolation of Abdullah Ocalan and his immediate release. She is now in a critical condition. 

"Hundreds of other Kurdish prisoners have also joined the hunger strike. They should all be released immediately. 

"On Tuesday, I will be hosting a discussion on law and human rights and the case of Abdullah Ocalan at Westminster which will bring together Kurdish activists and lawyers as well as human rights and legal experts from the University of London and the University of Cambridge.

"Appropriately, it will be held in the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House, Westminster, given her ignominious role in the 1981 Hunger Strike. The event runs from 6.30pm and I would encourage anyone interested in upholding human rights and assisting the Kurdish peace process to come along." 

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