“Killings must not present challenge to peace process” – Sheehan

For immediate release: Wednesday 23rd January 2013

Sinn Féin MLA and Middle East spokesperson Pat Sheehan has stated that the killing of three Kurdish women who were involved in the independence movement must be thoroughly investigated.

Speaking today Mr Sheean said: “The tragic murder of three prominent female Kurdish activists, Sakine Cansız, Fidan Dogan and Leyla Şoylemez has caused distress and concern across the Kurdish community and left the Kurdish diaspora shocked.

“Sinn Féin expresses our sympathies to the families of those who were killed.

“There are wider concerns surrounding the impact of these killings on the establishment of a peace process in the Kurdish conflict. Despite the challenges that this situation presents the peace process must be given the chance to be explored and to take hold on the basis of an inclusive process involving the Turkish Government and representatives of the Kurdish people.”

CENI: We demand justice for Sakine, Fidan and Leyla!

CENI Kurdish Women’s Office for Peace have issued this statement and appeal in response to the assassinations of three Kurdish activists in Paris last week. Please see the appeals below!

We demand justice for Sakine, Fidan and Leyla!

On 9 January 2013 an atrocious crime was committed in the center of Paris which has deeply shaken all Kurdish women’s organizations and the Kurdish people, international women’s organizations, women in many different countries as well as friends of the Kurdish people, progressive forces and the democratic public. Three Kurdish women politicians and fighters for freedom and women’s liberation – Sakine Cansız,  Fidan Dogan and Leyla Şaylemez  – were brutally and dastardly murdered.

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