Isolation of Öcalan to be discussed at UN Human Rights Council

The isolation of Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan in İmralı, from whom no news has been received for 40 months, will be discussed at a conference to be held as part of the 56th Human Rights Sessions of the UN Human Rights Council.

No news has been received for 40 months from Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan, who has been held in İmralı Island Prison under heavy isolation conditions for more than 25 years.

The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT), which has the sole authority to enter İmralı and in this sense holds the responsibility and future of this isolation in its hands, remains inactive in the face of the state of absolute incommunication imposed on Abdullah Öcalan, whose right to family and lawyer visits is arbitrarily usurped.

In order to break this silence and mobilise the international community, a global campaign has been underway since October 2023 demanding freedom for Abdullah Öcalan and a political solution to the Kurdish question.

The Movement Against Racism and for Friendship between Peoples (MRAP), which had previously brought the İmralı isolation to the agenda of the UN Human Rights Council with its reports and statements, is preparing to organise a conference titled "Human Rights in Turkey" at the UN Office in Geneva.

The main agenda of the conference to be held on 3 July as part of the 56th Human Rights Sessions of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council, which started on 18 June and will continue until 12 July, will be the isolation conditions of Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan and the unlawful practices carried out by the Turkish state in Kurdistan. 

The conference will be moderated by the UN Representative of MRAP, Gianfranco Fattorini, and host the following speakers: İbrahim Bilmez, a lawyer for the Asrın Law Office that represents Abdullah Öcalan, Laura Castel Fort, Member of the European Parliament and Kurdish politician Fırat Anlı.