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KURDISH POLITICIAN LEYLA ZANA

EDM (Early Day Motion) 341: tabled on 17 December 2008

Tabled in the 2008-09 session.

This motion has been signed by 32 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 strongly condemns the unfair trial, conviction and sentencing of the Kurdish politician and former DEP MP, Leyla Zana in Diyabakir Court, on 4 December 2008, under the Turkish Penal Code and the anti-terror law for comments which she made in nine speeches; recalls that Leyla Zana had previously been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment and spent 10 years in gaol following a trial subsequently declared unfair and unlawful by the European Court of Human Rights and that one of the crimes of which she was accused and convicted was having used the Kurdish language in the Turkish Parliament; notes that she is acknowledged across the free world as a courageous fighter for the human rights of the Kurdish people, including their freedom of speech, assembly and of association, all of which are rights enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights, of which Turkey is a signatory; further recalls that she was awarded the Sakharov Prize by the European Parliament in 2005 for her courage and integrity; and calls upon the Foreign Secretary to make known the revulsion of this House at this breach of Turkey's commitments in the context of the Copenhagen Criteria and this House's concern at current interpretations of the Turkish Penal Code and the unjust use by the Turkish authorities of Turkish anti-terror laws to target Kurdish politicians, which casts doubt on the sincerity of the assurances given by the Turkish government in support of its application to join the European Union.

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.

Abbott, Ms Diane
Labour
Signed on 18 March 2009
Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 October 2009
Carshalton and Wallington
Breed, Mr Colin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 December 2008
South East Cornwall
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 14 January 2009
Blyth Valley
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 13 January 2009
Gower
Clark, Ms Katy
Labour
Signed on 14 January 2009
North Ayrshire and Arran
Clwyd, Ann
Labour
Signed on 19 January 2009
Cynon Valley
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 18 December 2008
Islington North
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 14 January 2009
Keighley
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 13 January 2009
Stroud
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 14 January 2009
Sunderland North
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 March 2009
North Devon
Howarth, David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 17 March 2009
Cambridge
Keetch, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 January 2009
Hereford
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 14 January 2009
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
McDonnell, Dr Alasdair
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 22 April 2009
Belfast South
Meale, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 12 January 2009
Mansfield
Oaten, Mr Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 January 2009
Winchester
Russell, Bob
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 January 2009
Colchester
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 21 January 2009
Nottingham South
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 19 January 2009
Finchley and Golders Green
Williams, Mrs Betty
Labour
Signed on 12 January 2009
Conwy
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 18 December 2008
Caernarfon
Williams, Mr Roger
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 March 2009
Brecon and Radnorshire
Willott, Jenny
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 January 2009
Cardiff Central
Wood, Mike
Labour
Signed on 24 March 2009
Batley and Spen

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.