The hunger strike launched by political prisoners on 27 November last year to protest the isolation of imprisoned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan and the violations in prisons is on its 136th day. The 28th group of strikers has now joined the action.
Meanwhile, the hunger strike in the Makhmour Camp in Iraqi Kurdistan, launched to support the strike in Turkey, is on its 115th day. Another hunger strike launched in the Lavrio Camp in Greece is on its 98th day.
Elif Kardağı is one of the prisoners on hunger strike, and is held in the Tarsus Women’s Closed Prison in Turkey. Kardağı had previously staged hunger strikes on three occasions. Her father, Arafat Kardağı, said all society is under isolation.
Hunger strike spreads to over 107 prisons in Turkey
It has also been reported that several prisoners who have been on the hunger strike action – which has spread to over 107 prisons in the country – have been subjected to mistreatment by the authorities.
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.