Hunger strikes continue in Turkey on its 45th day

The hunger strike launched by political prisoners to protest the isolation on Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan and the violations in prisons continue on its 45th day.

Rotating-indefinite strikes first began on November 27 in prisons of Turkey and thousands participated in the action.

The nineth group of strikers continue hunger strike in its 45th day.

Another group of strikers launched hunger strike action in Makhmour Refugee CAmp in Iraqi Kurdistan and It continues on its 24th day.

Besides, one other rotating-indefinite hunger strike action launched in Lavrio Camp in Greece to protest the isolation on Öcalan and It is on its seventh day.

Several political prisoners joined the strike

Prisoners in Turkey announced the beginning of their hunger strike via the weekly phone calls they made with their families on 27 November. Former Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Çağlar Demirel, who is currently imprisoned in the Kocaeli Kandıra F-type high security prison, launched the hunger strike. Later, imprisoned former Democratic Regions Party (DBP) member Sebahat Tuncel also decided to strike, and applied to be transferred to the İmralı prison island complex where Abdullah Öcalan is being held.

Elsewhere several prisoners have joined the strike in prisons across Turkey.

Foloowing the hunger strike decision of political prisoners in Turkey, people in Makhmour Refugee Camp in Iraqi Kurdistan and in Lavrio Camp in Greece also participated in the action and laucnhed hunger strikes.

It has also been revealed that prisoners who were on hunger strike have been subjected to mistreatment in the several prisons in Turkey. Besides, human rights organisations drew attention to the importance of the strikes launched under pandemic conditions and called authorities to solve the issue.

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