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Political prisoners end hunger strikes and death fasts

PKK and PAJK prisoners have confirmed in a long statement that they are ending the hunger strike. The announcement by prisoners’ spokesperson Deniz Kaya is in response to Abdullah Öcalan’s last message read out by his lawyers at a press conference in Istanbul. The prisoners statement said: “Abdullah Öcalan was visited a second time on… Continue reading Political prisoners end hunger strikes and death fasts

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Strasbourg hunger strike ended: “Resistance continues”

The hunger strike resistance was led by DTK Co-chair Leyla Guven who went on hunger strike on 7 November 2018 and spread throughout prisons in Turkey and various centers around the world.The indefinite hunger strike by 14 activists in Strasbourg launched on 17 December 2018. 14 members of the Freedom for Öcalan Initiative have been… Continue reading Strasbourg hunger strike ended: “Resistance continues”

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Leyla Güven ends hunger strike after 200 days

On 26 May 2019, the historic hunger strike resistance, started by Leyla Güven against the isolation of Kurdish people’s leader Abdullah Öcalan, has come to an end. Leyla Güven, who initiated the hunger strike resistance on 7 November 2018, issued a statement marking the end of the hunger strikes, on the 200th day of her… Continue reading Leyla Güven ends hunger strike after 200 days

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Mothers of hunger strikers hold sit-in at Turkish parliament

The mothers of the Kurdish hunger strikers in prison have been engaging in a variety of direct actions in order to break the silence around their children on hunger strike to break the isolation of Abdullah Öcalan. Yesterday, the mothers staged a sit-in at the Turkish parliament. Refusing to leave the room, they asked to… Continue reading Mothers of hunger strikers hold sit-in at Turkish parliament

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Kurdish mothers of hunger strikers resist despite attacks

The families of the hunger strikers have engaged in a variety of activities to raise awareness of the situation of the prisoners, such as protests, rallies, sit-ins, press statements, and hunger strikes. They have stepped up their actions since a group of prisoners announced to go on death fast last week. This week, a demonstration… Continue reading Kurdish mothers of hunger strikers resist despite attacks

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Hunger striking prisoners put in solitary confinement

Human Rights Association (IHD) Istanbul Chapter Executive Council Member and Lawyers for Freedom (OHD) Istanbul Chapter Prisons Commission Member Lawyer Firat Vural spoke to the Firat News Agency (ANF). We hear that as hunger strikes continue in prisons, rights violations have increased. Could you share the information the IHD has on this issue? In the… Continue reading Hunger striking prisoners put in solitary confinement

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Civil disobedience to break Amnesty International’s silence

A group of Kurdish demonstrators started a civil disobedience action on April 24, 2019 at the Amnesty International office in London to protest against the aggravated isolation imposed on Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan. While six activists continue the hunger strike action they commenced on the day, several people are supporting them in and out… Continue reading Civil disobedience to break Amnesty International’s silence