Hunger strike in prisons reaches day 150, prisoners determined to go on

The hunger strike launched in Turkish prisons against the Imrali isolation has entered its 150th day. The hunger strike launched in Maxmur has been continuing for 129 days and in Greece for 112 days.

Political prisoners launched an indefinite-alternating hunger strike in Turkish prisons on November 27, in a bid to end the isolation against PKK Leader Abdullah Öcalan, who has been held in İmralı High Security F Type Closed Prison for 22 years, and to protest the increasing violations of rights in prisons. The action is on its 150th day and is carried out by the 30th group of prisoners.

While the hunger strike resistance continues prisoners are being subjected to all kinds of violations.

In Tarsus, women prisoners protested the interruption of the phone call by making a 4-minute phone call with their families.

Sebahat Tuncel, one of the women politicians in Kandıra No. 1 F-Type Closed Prison, also petitioned the Ministry of Justice to end the isolation. 


On December 18, a hunger strike was launched in the Maxmur Camp in the Kurdistan Region in northern Iraq. The action, which is led by women, has been carried out in the Maxmur Martyr Families Association for 129 days.


The indefinite-alternating hunger strike action launched in Greece's Lavrio Camp has been continuing for 112 days. The hunger strike in the camp is led by the Revolutionary Youth Movement (TCŞ-Tevgera Ciwanên Şoreşger), the Kurdish Women's Movement in Europe (Tevgera Jinên Kurdistan a Ewropa) and Navenda Çanda Kurdistan (Kurdish Cultural Center).