HDP’s Önder: The CPT report is not up to date, visit Imrali

Imrali Delegation Spokesperson Sırrı Süreyya Önder pointed out the CPT report and said: “What matters in Imrali is not so much the physical conditions but the isolation. Mr. Öcalan must be met with urgently.”

The Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) under the Council of Europe recently announced the report for their visit to the Imrali island in April 2016, after 2 years in waiting.

Imrali Delegation Spokesperson HDP (Peoples' Democratic Party) MP Sırrı Süreyya Önder spoke to the ANF and said, “What we should be focusing on in Imrali is not so much the physical conditions but the unacceptability of the isolation.”


Önder pointed out that the information in the CPT report is not up to date and stressed that the report does not have any current significance.

“CPT analyses are certainly important,” said Önder, and continued: “But the most important approach regarding human rights, societal peace and law is the removal of this rights violations and the need for institutions such as the CPT.”

Önder demanded that Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan be allowed to meet with his lawyers, friends and family at once, as per his right.


The CPT report states that Öcalan has not been allowed to meet with his lawyers for the last 5 years, and with his family for 18 months.

The report also stresses that Öcalan and the other prisoners there have not had any contact with the outside world including phone calls since the stated date, and demands Öcalan be allowed phone calls at least twice a month and visits with his family and lawyers.