The hunger strike launched by political prisoners in Turkey to protest the isolation of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan and the violations in prisons continues on its 66th day with the participation of the 14th group of strikers.
The indefinite, rotating hunger strike was launched on 27 November, calling for an end to the isolaion of Öcalan’s, who has been imprisoned in İmrali High Security F-type Closed Prison for 21 years, and protesting the increasing rights violations in Turkish prisons.
Another hunger strike, led by women, was launched in Makhmour Camp in Iraqi Kurdistan on 18 December. The action continues on its 45th day in the centre of Makhmour Families of Martyrs Association.
The indefinite, rotating hunger strike in Greece’s Lavrio Camp in support of the strikes in Turkey continues on its 28th day.
Strikes in 107 prisons
Prisoners in Turkey announced the beginning of the hunger strike on 27 November through the weekly phone calls they made with their families.
It has also been reported that prisoners who were on hunger strike have been subjected to mistreatment in several Turkish prisons. Human rights organisations have drawn attention to the seriousness of the strikes, which are being held under pandemic conditions, and called on the authorities to resolve the issue. The strike has spread to over 107 prisons in Turkey.