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LEYLA ZANA

EDM (Early Day Motion) 399: tabled on 05 March 2001

Tabled in the 2000-01 session.

This motion has been signed by 38 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House notes with sadness that 5th March marks the seventh anniversary of the imprisonment of Leyla Zana; recalls that Leyla Zana is the only Kurdish woman elected to the Turkish Parliament, having received 86 per cent. of the vote in 1991; offers congratulations for her fearless and outspoken opposition to the Turkish Govenment's oppression of the Kurdish people; notes that as a result of speaking a sentence in the Kurdish language in parliament, stating that she would fight for the fraternal co-existence of the Kurdish and Turkish peoples within the context of democracy, and subsequently testifying about human rights abuses in Turkey before the Helsinki Commission of the UK Congress, her parliamentary immunity was revoked; further notes that she was subsequently arrested and charged that her testimony before Congress was an act of treason for which the State Security Court sentenced her to 15 years in prison; recognises that she has been a tireless fighter for peace and for the national and political rights of her people, winning widespread international recognition and respect; further notes that the European Parliament awarded her the Sakharov Peace Prize in 1995 and that Amnesty International has adopted her and her duly elected parliamentarian colleagues Hatip Dicle, Orhan Dogan and Selim Sadak, as prisoners of conscience; and calls upon Her Majesty's Government, the EU and other international organisations to raise Mrs Zana's case with the Turkish authorities at the highest level as a matter of urgency and seek her and her colleagues' immediate and unconditional release.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Clarke, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 7 March 2001
Midlothian
Connarty, Michael
Labour
Signed on 28 March 2001
Falkirk East
Cook, Frank
Labour
Signed on 7 March 2001
Stockton North
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 8 March 2001
Islington North
Cox, Tom
Labour
Signed on 6 March 2001
Tooting
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 12 March 2001
Keighley
Cryer, John
Labour
Signed on 12 March 2001
Hornchurch
Cunliffe, Mr Lawrence
Labour
Signed on 12 March 2001
Leigh
Davidson, Mr Ian
Labour
Signed on 15 March 2001
Glasgow, Pollok
Dismore, Mr Andrew
Labour
Signed on 7 March 2001
Hendon
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 13 March 2001
Sunderland North
Ewing, Mrs Margaret
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 March 2001
Moray
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 March 2001
St Ives
Godman, Dr Norman
Labour
Signed on 6 March 2001
Greenock and Inverclyde
Gorrie, Mr Donald
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 March 2001
Edinburgh West
Griffiths, Mr Win
Labour
Signed on 6 March 2001
Bridgend
Gunnell, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 20 March 2001
Morley and Rothwell
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 March 2001
Portsmouth South
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 6 March 2001
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Kumar, Dr Ashok
Labour
Signed on 7 March 2001
Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 13 March 2001
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Mahon, Alice
Labour
Signed on 8 March 2001
Halifax
McNamara, Mr Kevin
Labour
Signed on 9 March 2001
Kingston upon Hull North
Michie, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 7 March 2001
Sheffield, Heeley
O'Hara, Mr Edward
Labour
Signed on 14 March 2001
Knowsley South
Palmer, Dr Nick
Labour
Signed on 6 March 2001
Broxtowe
Ruane, Chris
Labour
Signed on 14 March 2001
Vale of Clwyd
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 15 March 2001
Nottingham South
Smyth, The Rev Martin
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 7 March 2001
Belfast South
Thomas, Mr Simon
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 6 March 2001
Ceredigion
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 13 March 2001
Finchley and Golders Green
Wyatt, Derek
Labour
Signed on 7 March 2001
Sittingbourne and Sheppey

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.