The hunger strike launched by political prisoners in Turkey to protest against the prison isolation conditions imposed on Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan – as well as the ill-treatment of prisoners in the country – continues.
Prisoners have stated that they will not stop their hunger strike action unless and until the isolation of Öcalan is removed. The hunger strike action was launched on 27 December and it has reached its 65th day. Prisoners have expressed their determination to continue until their attain their objectives.
Mehmet Çoreşoğlu, imprisoned in Bolu F-Type prison for six years, highlighted the determination of the hunger strikers during his phone call with his family. He stated that the resistance would last until the freedom of Öcalan was assured and until violations of rights in prisons were removed.
Details of the hunger strike
Prisoners in Turkey had announced the beginning of the hunger strike on 27 November through the weekly phone calls they made with their families. Following the hunger strike decision of political prisoners in Turkey, activists in Makhmour Refugee Camp in Iraqi Kurdistan and in Lavrio Camp in Greece also began hunger strikes. 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 launched under pandemic conditions and called on the authorities to resolve the issue. The strike has spread to over 107 prisons in Turkey.