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Turkey

Volume 405: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department made to the Turkish Government about the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights on 17 July 2001 in the case of Leyla Zana and other Kurdish members of the Turkish Parliament; whether diplomats from the Embassy in Ankara (a) attended the retrial hearing on 25 April and (b) intend to attend future hearings; and if he will make a statement on the treatment of the human rights of the defendants. [112827]

[holding answer 12 May 2003]: FCO officials raised the case of Leyla Zana and her codefendants with their Turkish counterparts at the most recent round of an ongoing Human Rights dialogue on 26 November 2002. A representative of the British Embassy in Ankara did attend the retrial hearing on 25 April. The Embassy will continue to liaise with our EU Partners to determine who attends future hearings.