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International community must demand the release of Abdullah Ocalan - Molloy

22 January, 2019 - by Francie Molloy


Sinn Féin MP Francie Molloy has said the international community must act to demand the release of Kurdish political leader Abdullah Ocalan, Leyla Guven and all Kurdish political prisoners. 

Speaking after hosting a public forum in Westminster, the Mid Ulster MP said: 

“Tonight in Westminster I hosted a public forum on Kurdistan bringing together human rights campaigners, legal experts calling for the release of Kurdish political leader Abdullah Ocalan. 

“It heard first hand accounts of the repression of the Kurdish people by Turkish authorities and the ongoing denial of human rights. 

“At present hundreds of Kurdish political prisoners are on hunger strike in Turkish jails, including Kurdish MP, Leyla Guven who has been on hunger strike for 77 days and is now in a critical condition. 

“Abdullah Ocalan, Leyla Guven and all Kurdish political prisoners should be released immediately.  

“As Irish republicans we know the value of international solidarity when people across the world stood with us in 1981 during the hunger strikes in Long Kesh so today we are standing in solidarity with the Kurdish people and will continue to do so. 

“The international community have a responsibility to act to end Turkish repression and demand the release of Abdullah Ocalan, Leyla Guven and all Kurdish political prisoners.”

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