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Prosecution And Arrest Of Kurdish Politicians

EDM number 261 in 2012-13, proposed by Hywel Williams on 26/06/2012.
Categorised under the topics of Eastern Europe and Middle East.

That this House notes with profound concern the escalating prosecutions of elected Kurdish politicians in Turkey, the recent heavy sentences of 10 and 14 years passed on Leyla Zana and Aysel Tugluk, as well as the latest wave of arrrests in Van District, which includes two mayors from the Peace and Democracy Party; expresses alarm that these arrests and detentions are part of the continuing Kurdistan Communities Union investigations which amount to an attempt by the Turkish government to eradicate the Kurds as an effective political force; is gravely concerned that the state detention facilities to which parliamentarians and other prisoners are sent are overcrowded, in poor condition and are the object of repeated allegations of human rights violations and prisoner abuse; and calls on the Government to make representations to Turkey to stop its persecution of Kurdish parliamentarians and move towards the restarting of negotiations to find a peaceful solution to the Kurdish conflict which is the real root of the problem.

This motion has been signed by a total of 27 MPs.

MPDateConstituencyPartyType
Hywel Williams26/06/2012ArfonPlaid CymruProposed
Jeremy Corbyn26/06/2012Islington NorthLabourSeconded
Mark Durkan26/06/2012FoyleSocial Democratic and Labour PartySeconded
Andrew George26/06/2012St IvesLiberal DemocratSeconded
Peter Bottomley26/06/2012Worthing WestConservativeSeconded
Jonathan Edwards27/06/2012Carmarthen East and DinefwrPlaid CymruSeconded
Martin Caton27/06/2012GowerLabourSigned
Ronnie Campbell27/06/2012Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Kelvin Hopkins28/06/2012Luton NorthLabourSigned
Albert Owen02/07/2012Ynys MLabourSigned
Angus MacNeil03/07/2012Na h-Eileanan an IarScottish National PartySigned
John Leech03/07/2012Manchester, WithingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Jim Cunningham03/07/2012Coventry SouthLabourSigned
Tom Brake03/07/2012Carshalton and WallingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Elfyn Llwyd03/07/2012Dwyfor MeirionnyddPlaid CymruSigned
Jim Shannon03/07/2012StrangfordDUPSigned
John McDonnell04/07/2012Hayes and HarlingtonLabourSigned
Ian Lavery05/07/2012WansbeckLabourSigned
Dan Rogerson05/07/2012North CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Katy Clark05/07/2012North Ayrshire and ArranLabourSigned
John Pugh05/07/2012SouthportLiberal DemocratSigned
Mike Hancock09/07/2012Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Margaret Ritchie10/07/2012South DownSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
John Hemming16/07/2012Birmingham, YardleyLiberal DemocratSigned
George Galloway03/09/2012Bradford WestRespectSigned
Alasdair McDonnell11/09/2012Belfast SouthSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
Mark Williams15/10/2012CeredigionLiberal DemocratSigned

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