Jeremy Corbyn, British deputy and former Labour Party leader, condemned Turkey’s latest invasion of Northern Iraq and said he was “disappointed” over Britain’s resumed arms trade with the country.
“We have condemned quite rightly the abuse of human rights of the Kurdish people, and the activities of the Turkish Armed Forces over the border, in neighbouring countries. and more recently, invading northern Iraq and the Kurdish region of Iraq. I think it’s wrong that Britain should supply arms to Turkey in any circumstances,” Corbyn told MedyaNews in an interview on Saturday.
Corbyn spoke after a rally organised by activist group Free Assange Wave in Brussels for the liberty of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who currently faces deportation to the United States to face charges over the massive leak he orchestrated in 2010 with documents provided by intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.
“Turkey should not be occupying or invading any neighbouring country, and Britain should not be supplying arms to assist that, which is illegal activity,” the MP said.
Corbyn pointed to the British government’s apparent close relationship with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Iceland’s Justice and Human Rights Minister Ögmundur Jónasson also spoke at the rally.
Jónasson, a supporter of the Freedom for Öcalan campaign for the release from prison of Kurdish people’s leader Abdullah Öcalan, told MedyaNews that he was “shocked” by the silence from the international community regarding the developments in the Kurdistan region in Northern Iraq.
“Why is the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) not investigating allegations of chemical weapon use in southern Kurdistan? Why is there silence?” Jónasson asked. “Right now, all eyes are -rightfully- on Ukraine. But the violations in southern Kurdistan and Syria are being ignored.”