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Release all Kurdish political prisoners - Anderson

25 January, 2019 - by Martina Anderson MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the release of Kurdish MP Leyla Guven shows the importance of international solidarity and called for the release of all Kurdish political prisoners. 

Martina Anderson said: 

"News that a Turkish Court has ordered the release of Kurdish MP and hunger striker Leyla Guven is welcome. 

"Her release should not be subject to any conditions given her position as a democratically elected member of parliament. 

"I want to commend her supporters and campaigners, including her daughter who I met while attempting to visit Leyla Guven in prison. 

"We now need to see the release of all other Kurdish political prisoners, including Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan who has been detained for 20 years. 

"The international community raised awareness of Leyla Guven plight and helped secure her release. This is a timely reminder of what can be achieved through international solidarity.

"Sinn Féin took to the streets across Ireland and in Europe in support of the Kurds and will continue to support people in struggle across the world.”

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