Hunger strikes in Turkey’s prisons reaches ‘death threshold’

Kurdistan Solidarity Network

Source:Kom News, 3rd April, 2017

The hunger strike by prisoners convicted of PKK membership for better conditions and an end to “inhumane treatment” in Turkey’s prisons has reached the 48th day. According to the country’s Human Rights Association (IHD) the strike has reached the “death threshold”.

“There are serious rights violations in prisons. State of emergency has facilitated arbitrary practices. The death of Mehmet Yildizbakan [a prisoner who was suffering from illness] shows that inmates’ demands are legitimate,” IHD official Selcuk Coskun told Dihaber News Agency.

Political prisoners in Izmir’s Sakran Prison launched the hunger strike on 15 February demanding an end to the banning of books and social activities, prevention of social communion, isolation and raids on wards by guards. The strike has spread across several other prisons since.

A return to negotiations between the government and Kurdish political groups is also amongst demands, as well…

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