50 Kurdish politicians began an indefinite hunger strike demanding that the state abide by international human rights and allow either his family or his lawyers of a party delegation to see Mr. Abdullah Öcalan with whom all communication has been cut for the last 515 days. Continue reading
The letter by our co chairs to Mr. Mykola Gnatovsky, the president of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) about the condition of Mr Ocalan.
The President of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture
Dear Mr. Mykola Gnatovsky,
As you would know, Turkey experienced a military coup attempt on July 15, 2016. We hereby would like to reiterate that from the outset the HDP has taken a firm stance against this attempted coup, which is unacceptable by any democratic standards. Continue reading
The concerns and unlawful treatments regarding Mr. Abdullah Ocalan, kept in solitary confinement in Imrali Island since April 5th 2015, increasingly continue, particularly after the coup attempt on July 15th. Both the analysis made by Mr Ocalan regarding how Imrali Island might be affected by a likely coup attempt, and news and information taking place in Turkish media, as well as, inadequate and careless attitude of government officials, towards the requests concerning worries and unlawful treatments regarding Mr. Abdullah Ocalan increase mistrust between the public and the state.
The security condition of Mr. Öcalan is not an ignorable matter. The system in İmralı should be questioned itself. We, both as HDP and the İmralı Committee, have communicated from the first day to relevant authorities that Mr. Öcalan, who had exposed the putschists, cannot remain to be unconcerned with, his security condition should be immediately reassessed, and a possible attack to İmralı would drag Turkey into an irreversible civil war. As the İmralı Committee, we have publicly shared the information we obtained from the State. However, this is not sufficient. Besides his legal rights of family and lawyer visits, an independent committee is required to meet Mr. Öcalan in order to satisfy the public concern about his conditions as immediately as possible.
HDP İmralı Delegation
20 July 2016