US Congresswoman Maloney urges release of political prisoners in Turkey

Member of Congress Carolyn Maloney in a letter to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged the United States to ask the Turkish government to release political prisoners who were excluded from the scope of a release law recently enacted to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Turkey’s overcrowded prisons.

In her letter posted on Twitter on May 28 Maloney, the Democratic representative for New York’s 12th congressional district, expressed concern about the exclusion of tens of thousands of political prisoners from the bill passed by the Turkish parliament on April 14.

“To save thousands of lives, I implore you to engage with Ankara and publicly urge the Turkish government to amend the law and allow for the release of these political prisoners on humanitarian grounds,” the congresswoman urged.

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