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Persecution Of Kurdish Mps

EDM number 761 in 2017-19, proposed by Grahame Morris on 10/01/2018.
Categorised under the topics of Eastern Europe, International politics and government, Middle East and Prisons.

That this House expresses grave concern over the sentencing of elected Kurdish MP Idris Baluken on 4 January 2018 to 16 years and eight months in jail; notes that Mr Baluken has been an elected parliamentarian in Turkey since 2011, and has played an active role as a mediator in peace process negotiations between the Turkish state and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK); further expresses concern that on 5 January 2018 former MP Sebahat Tuncel was sentenced to two years and three months in prison for speaking at a Kurdish New Year event; further notes that Tuncel, a women's rights advocate and former nurse, was targeted for her advocacy for Kurdish rights and senior position in the Peoples' Democratic Party; expresses concern over the sentencing to prison of four other HDP officials and MPs Aysel Tugluk, Leyla Birlik, Nursel Aydoglan and Adem Geveri; condemns the political nature of these arrests and trials which took place in the context of a state of emergency, along with the simultaneous arrest of almost 100 HDP elected politicians and thousands of activists (EDM 602); condemns this attempt to eliminate Kurdish MPs from the Turkish parliament, denying millions of their democratic voice; expresses concern that the judiciary seems to be guided in these matters by the Turkish Government; notes that this judicial process has been described by Idris Baluken as political genocide; calls for the immediate release of HDP politicians from prison; and further calls for the Government to urge Turkey to stop its politically-motivated repression of the HDP.

This motion has been signed by a total of 35 MPs.

Grahame Morris10/01/2018EasingtonLabourProposed
Dan Carden10/01/2018Liverpool, WaltonLabourSeconded
Chris Stephens10/01/2018Glasgow South WestScottish National PartySeconded
Laura Pidcock10/01/2018North West DurhamLabourSeconded
Mike Hill10/01/2018HartlepoolLabourSeconded
Ian Mearns10/01/2018GatesheadLabourSeconded
Jim Shannon11/01/2018StrangfordDUPSigned
Martyn Day11/01/2018Linlithgow and East FalkirkScottish National PartySigned
Bob Blackman11/01/2018Harrow EastConservativeSigned
Dennis Skinner11/01/2018BolsoverLabourSigned
Jim Cunningham11/01/2018Coventry SouthLabourSigned
Peter Bottomley15/01/2018Worthing WestConservativeSigned
Lloyd Russell-Moyle15/01/2018Brighton, KemptownLabour/Co-operativeSigned
Jonathan Edwards15/01/2018Carmarthen East and DinefwrPlaid CymruSigned
Liz Saville Roberts15/01/2018Dwyfor MeirionnyddPlaid CymruSigned
Marie Rimmer15/01/2018St Helens South and WhistonLabourSigned
Gavin Newlands16/01/2018Paisley and Renfrewshire NorthScottish National PartySigned
Stephen Morgan16/01/2018Portsmouth SouthLabourSigned
Hannah Bardell17/01/2018LivingstonScottish National PartySigned
Tommy Sheppard17/01/2018Edinburgh EastScottish National PartySigned
Kelvin Hopkins17/01/2018Luton NorthLabourSigned
Ronnie Campbell17/01/2018Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Chris Law17/01/2018Dundee WestScottish National PartySigned
Mary Glindon17/01/2018North TynesideLabourSigned
Thelma Walker18/01/2018Colne ValleyLabourSigned
Caroline Lucas18/01/2018Brighton, PavilionGreenSigned
Edward Davey18/01/2018Kingston and SurbitonLiberal DemocratSigned
Lady Hermon18/01/2018North DownIndependentSigned
Sandy Martin19/01/2018IpswichLabourSigned
Stephen Hepburn22/01/2018JarrowLabourSigned
Drew Hendry22/01/2018Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and StrathspeyScottish National PartySigned
Alan Brown22/01/2018Kilmarnock and LoudounScottish National PartySigned
Stephen Gethins24/01/2018North East FifeScottish National PartySigned
Mike Gapes24/01/2018Ilford SouthLabourSigned
Chris Williamson25/01/2018Derby NorthLabourSigned

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