Tuesday, 2 April 2019
Turkey: Human Rights
In lieu of suspension, I seek leave to make a short one-minute statement.
Again the people of Australia are denied the opportunity to see where their political parties stand on an issue of great importance. What's going on at the moment in Turkey is that the Kurdish people have been let down time and time again. Today is almost the 150th day of Leyla Guven's hunger strike. Hundreds of Kurdish political prisoners and others are following her lead, both in Turkey and across Europe. Tragically, several political prisoners in Turkey and Kurdish activists in Germany have now died. All they're seeking is an end to Turkey's harsh and punitive treatment of Abdullah Ocalan. Many bodies, including the Council of Europe and the UK parliament, have called for a different approach and a negotiated solution for Turkey's longstanding dispute with the Kurdish people.