Monday, April 14, 2008

Press Release from Women in black for Freedome of Leyla Zana


More prison time is on the horizon for Leyla Zana, who was sentenced
to 2 years imprisonment for having spoken publicly of the leader of
the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Abdullah Ocalan. The sentence,
which was handed down April 10, 2008 by the court in the city of
convicted Zana of making "propaganda on behalf of a terrorist organization."

This was Turkeys response to the recent decision by the European
Unions second highest court, the Court of First Instance of
Luxemburg, to remove the PKK from the list of terrorist organizations.

And yet another attempt to silence the voice of Leyla Zana, one of the
most prominent individuals working for peace between the Kurdish and
Turkish peoples, who has already served 10 years in Turkish prisons,
from 1994 to 2004.

Leyla Zana has demonstrated to the world to be a woman of
extraordinary courage who has always been firmly convinced of the need
for dialog.

We will continue to support Leyla Zana, "peace prisoner," and her
right to freedom and we call upon the European Parliament, who awarded
Zana the Sakharov Prize for human rights in 1995, to stop the brutal
escalation by the more reactionary political forces in Turkey,
responsible for violence and repressive acts during the recent Newroz
celebrations as well as numerous legal proceedings against Kurdish
mayors and political exponents.

We call on Europe to use the negotiations with Ankara for entry into
the European Union as an opportunity to express strong condemnation
for an unjust sentence against Leyla Zana.

We call on Italy to give full priority to the respect of human rights
over interests of the market by supporting the request for a
moratorium on the sale of Italian weapons to Turkey.

Donne In Nero (Women in Black)

Italy, 12 aprile 2008

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