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Anderson writes to EU leaders about Leyla Guven

18 January, 2019 - by Martina Anderson MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson and more than 40 other MEPs have written to the President of the European Parliament and the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs highlighting the case of Kurdish MP Leyla Guven who is currently on hunger strike in a Turkish prison. 

Martina Anderson said: 

"I have now written to the President of the European Parliament, Antonia Tajini, and the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, to make them aware of the case of Kurdish MP Leyla Guven who has been on hunger strike since November 8. I have also raised the plight of Kurdish political leader Abdullah Ocalan who has been imprisoned since 1999. 

"Leyla Guven's health is now in a critical condition and Abdullah Ocalan is still being held in isolation on a prison island. 

“More than 170 Kurdish political prisoners in Turkish prisons are also on hunger strike demanding the release of both Leyla Guven and Abdullah Ocalan. 

"42 MEPs from across Europe and from a range of political groups across the European Parliament have now co-signed my letter, illustrating the depth of solidarity from across the political spectrum. 

"The international community and the EU in particular have a duty to bring all the pressure they can bear on the Turkish authorities to demand the release of Leyla Guven, Abdullah Ocalan and all Kurdish political prisoners." 

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