The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) have concluded the report on its last visit to Turkey’s İmralı Island Prison in September 2022, where the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan and three other prisoners are held.
During its 110th plenary session in Strasbourg between 6-10 March, the Committee adopted reports based on monitoring of torture on their 2022 visits to Portugal, Croatia and San Marino as well as Turkey.
A delegation of the CPT carried out an ad hoc visit to the İmralı Island prison complex from 20 to 29 September 2022.
Öcalan has been serving a life sentence in the İmralı Island Prison in northwestern Turkey since his capture and trial in 1999 and the Turkish government has been imposing absolute isolation on Öcalan for two years, casting doubts on his health.
However, public concern about Öcalan’s conditions remains high after the visit since “CPT officials did not provide the slightest information” about the conditions of the PKK leader, said the lawyers of Öcalan.