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Arrests Of Democratic Society Party Members In Turkey

EDM number 1462 in 2008-09, proposed by John Austin on 11/05/2009.
Categorised under the topics of Human rights, International politics and government and Middle East.

That this House is concerned about the recent wave of arrests in Turkey of members of the Democratic Society Party (DTP), a legal political party which, in the recent Turkish local elections, achieved a resounding endorsement from Kurdish voters; notes that the Party's success awakened hope for many millions of Kurds that their voice would be heard in Turkish politics; regrets that in responding to the DTP's electoral victories with repression, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is revealing itself to be little different from previous administrations which have refused to acknowledge the existence of a Kurdish issue and thus offered no solutions for resolving it; believes that it is the duty of all those who seek peace and stability in Turkey to support the responsible calls for a just democratic solution to the issue of the rights of the Kurdish people; calls for the immediate release of all those DTP members who have been arrested; and urges the UK Government to put the utmost diplomatic pressure on Turkey to turn away from conflict and to open negotiations with DTP leaders forthwith as it believes the DTP has a key role to play in any peace process and bringing stability to the region.

This motion has been signed by a total of 45 MPs.

MPDateConstituencyPartyType
John Austin11/05/2009Erith and ThamesmeadLabourProposed
Peter Bottomley12/05/2009Worthing WestConservativeSeconded
Bob Russell12/05/2009ColchesterLiberal DemocratSeconded
David Lepper12/05/2009Brighton, PavilionLabourSeconded
Andrew Dismore12/05/2009HendonLabourSeconded
Graham Stringer12/05/2009Manchester, BlackleyLabourSeconded
Angus MacNeil12/05/2009Na h-Eileanan an IarScottish National PartySigned
Michael Weir12/05/2009AngusScottish National PartySigned
Mark Durkan12/05/2009FoyleSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
Ann Cryer12/05/2009KeighleyLabourSigned
Martin Caton12/05/2009GowerLabourSigned
Alan Meale12/05/2009MansfieldLabourSigned
Bob Spink12/05/2009Castle PointIndependentSigned
Gordon Prentice12/05/2009PendleLabourSigned
Robert Wareing13/05/2009Liverpool, West DerbyIndependentSigned
Rudi Vis13/05/2009Finchley and Golders GreenLabourSigned
Paul Flynn13/05/2009Newport WestLabourSigned
Jeremy Corbyn13/05/2009Islington NorthLabourSigned
Ronnie Campbell13/05/2009Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Lynne Jones13/05/2009Birmingham, Selly OakLabourSigned
Brian Jenkins13/05/2009TamworthLabourSigned
Kelvin Hopkins13/05/2009Luton NorthLabourSigned
John Hemming14/05/2009Birmingham, YardleyLiberal DemocratSigned
Janet Dean14/05/2009BurtonLabourSigned
John McDonnell14/05/2009Hayes and HarlingtonLabourSigned
Roger Godsiff18/05/2009Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small HeathLabourSigned
Betty Williams18/05/2009ConwyLabourSigned
Simon Hughes19/05/2009North Southwark and BermondseyLiberal DemocratSigned
Linda Riordan20/05/2009HalifaxLabourSigned
John Leech20/05/2009Manchester, WithingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Eric Illsley01/06/2009Barnsley CentralLabourSigned
Bill Etherington01/06/2009Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Alasdair McDonnell10/06/2009Belfast SouthSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
Janet Anderson10/06/2009Rossendale and DarwenLabourSigned
Alan Simpson11/06/2009Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Mike Wood16/06/2009Batley and SpenLabourSigned
Jennifer Willott22/06/2009Cardiff CentralLiberal DemocratSigned
Julie Morgan23/06/2009Cardiff NorthLabourSigned
Elfyn Llwyd23/06/2009Meirionnydd Nant ConwyPlaid CymruSigned
Tom Clarke25/06/2009Coatbridge, Chryston and BellshillLabourSigned
Paul Keetch26/06/2009HerefordLiberal DemocratSigned
David Howarth30/06/2009CambridgeLiberal DemocratSigned
Tom Brake15/07/2009Carshalton and WallingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Roger Williams14/10/2009Brecon and RadnorshireLiberal DemocratSigned
Alan Keen04/11/2009Feltham and HestonLabourSigned

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