Freedom for Öcalan stands in solidarity with hunger striking Kurdish MP

The UK trade union campaign Freedom for Ocalan stands in complete solidarity with DTK Co-chair and HDP MP Güven’s hunger strike demanding an end to the aggravated isolation imposed by the Turkish state on Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan.

 

The UK trade union campaign Freedom for Ocalan stands in complete solidarity with DTK Co-chair and HDP MP Güven’s hunger strike demanding an end to the aggravated isolation imposed by the Turkish state on Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan. 

 

The campaign fully supports the Kurds and their friends who are organising hunger strike actions all around the world to support Leyla Güven and her demand for an end to Öcalan’s isolation.

 

The Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan was deported to Turkey in 1999 as a result of an international operation.  Abdullah Öcalan is not just any prisoner, but the leader of Kurdish society. The policy he has developed from his prison cell has paved the way for a democratic and peaceful solution to the war between the Turkish state and the Kurds.

 

Family visits and lawyer meetings with Öcalan, who has been living in the one-person prison on Imrali for 20 years, have been banned.

 

The last conversation with his lawyers took place on 27th July 2011 and his family’s last visit was on 11th September 2016. Since then, there has been no information about the life, safety, health and isolation conditions in which he is being held. This is an open breach of the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which was signed by Turkey in 1988.

 

The campaign also fully supports the group of activists in London who are taking part in the hunger strike at Manor House as part of these worldwide protests.



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