Nobel nominee to remain behind bars...for now

Gorvett, Jon
June 2004
Middle East;Jun2004, Issue 346, p26
Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998, and the winner of the European Parliament's Sakharov human rights prize in 1995, Turkey's ethnic Kurdish politician Leyla Zana has been a cause célèbre for rights campaigners and a thorn in the side of the country's authorities ever since she was jailed by them, 10 years ago. Now, after a series of abortive retrials, her release looks finally to be on the cards, since in May, Turkish lawmakers voted through a series of legal changes that could release her and dozens of other Kurdish political activists. Zana's case illustrates the distance Turkey has to travel to fulfil its ambition of becoming a member of the European Union with all of the legal and rights apparatus that involves and the current status of many of its institutions.


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