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SNP joins Freedom for Ocalan campaign

THE SNP gave its support to the Freedom for Ocalan campaign yesterday, calling for an end to the Kurdish leader’s illegal isolation in Turkey and the reinstatement of peace talks.

Abdullah Ocalan, leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), has been imprisoned in isolation for over 20 years. 

In a statement, the SNP said it recognises the urgent necessity for a peaceful resolution of the Kurdish conflict in Turkey. 

It said: “We call on the government to make it absolutely clear to [Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan] that the suppression of political parties and the jailing of elected leaders are totally unacceptable in any country that wants to be seen as an advanced modern democracy. 

“We urge the UK government’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office to call on the Turkish government to immediately end the isolation enforced on Abdullah Ocalan.

“Keeping Mr Ocalan in a state of aggravated solitary confinement for over 20 years is an inhuman punishment in breach of both domestic laws and international conventions to which Turkey is a signatory. ”

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