The detention of Ocalan and the relentless intimidation of his defence team have made a mockery of Turkey's commitment under the European Convention to adhere to fair trial provisions. Consistently denied free access to Ocalan, his defence lawyers have been forced to endure harassment and violent physical abuse. Three of them have been sentenced to jail terms.
While Abdullah Ocalan must face the charges for crimes of which he is accused, his execution would serve only to ignite further violence with a complete disregard for human rights.
Therefore, as Turkey stands at a crossroads, it must take this opportunity to make peace with its Kurdish minority and put an end to a conflict waged by both sides which has claimed more than 35,000 lives.
ANN CLWYD MP
All-Party Parliamentary Human Rights Group
House of Commons
London SW1Reuse content