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Anderson meets Kurdish hunger striker Leyla Guven

19 February, 2019 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson met today with Kurdish MP and hunger striker Leyla Guven. 

Speaking from Kurdistan, Martina Anderson said: 

"I met today with Kurdish hunger striker Leyla Guven who has been on hunger strike since November. 

"She has been released from prison as a result of international pressure but only under tight conditions and her health is continuing to deteriorate. 

"She embarked on this hunger strike calling for the end of the isolation of Kurdish political leader Abdullah Ocalan who has now been detained for 20 years, some of it in total isolation with no access to legal representation. 

"I expressed my solidarity and the continuing solidarity of Sinn Féin and the people of Ireland to Leyla Guven when we met. 

"The international community needs to act to save the life of Leyla Guven and all other Kurdish hunger strikers and demand and end to the isolation of Abdullah Ocalan.”

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