Leyla Zana to collect EU’s human rights award

Turkey’s Kurdish activist Leyla Zana is scheduled to address the
European Parliament on 14 October and she will also be presented
with the EU’s Sakharov Prize.

Former member of the Turkish parliament Leyla Zana is due in
Brussels on 14 October to address the European Parliament. During
her visit, she will also receive the EU’s Sakharov Prize for human
rights, which was originally awarded to her nine years ago.

Zana was released from prison in June this year after she and a
group of fellow Kurds were sentenced to 15 years in jail in 1994 on
charges of collaborating with the Kurdish separatist movement. The
Sakharov Prize was awarded to Zana and her husband in 1995.

Zana was the first Kurdish woman to join the Turkish parliament in
1991. She was originally arrested after giving a speech in mixed
Turkish and Kurdish language.

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