Support for Guven from European and Middle Eastern MPs

In a statement they released, European and Middle Eastern MPs have offered their support for DTK Co-chair Leyla Guven who is on an indefinite and non-alternate hunger strike to end the isolation.

Democratic Society Congress (DTK) Co-chair and Peoples’ Democratic Party Hakkari MP Leyla guven, who has been on an unlimited nonalternating hunger strike for 64 days demanding  an end to the isolation imposed upon Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Ocalan and for his freedom, has received support from European and Middle Eastern MPs. In a statement they released, the MPs pointed to Guven’s deteriorating health.

According to an article by Gazete Karinca, the statement points to Guven’s demand and says there hasn’t been any information about Ocalan’s health since October 11, 2016 and he hasn’t been contacted by anyone either by phone, by mail or in person.

“We hear Leyla Guven’s message,” says the statement and calls on the Ankara administration to recognize their own laws, immediately release imprisoned MP Guven and end the isolation imposed upon Ocalan and other political prisoners.

The statement ends with, “The only solution to the Kurdish issue lies through peaceful and democratic dialogue, not through isolation or imprisonment.” The European United Left-Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) MPs and Middle Eastern politicians who signed the statement are as follows:

Martina Anderson (Sinn Féin-Ireland), Lynn Boylan (Sinn Féin-Ireland), Matt Carthy (Sinn Féin-Ireland), Takis Hadjigeorgiou (AKEL-Cyprus), Kostadinka Kuneva (Syriza-Yunanistan), Liadh Ní Riada (Sinn Féin-Ireland), Dimitris Papadimoulis (Syriza-Yunanistan), Paloma Lopez (IU-Spain), Sabine Lösing (Die Linke-Germany), Lidia Senra (Independent-Galicia), Neoklis Sylikiotis (AKEL-Cyprus), Ángella Vallina (IU-Spain), Miguel Viegas (PCP-Portugal), Raid Fahmi (Communist Party Iraq Secretary General), Aqel Taqz (Palestinian People's Party), Aida Touma (Communist Party Israel), Nizar Trabulsi (Communist Party Syria-United).