Mothers take Justice Vigil in front of Parliament

Mothers at the Justice Vigil met in front of the Parliament to demand the freedom of Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan. Mothers also drew attention to the Great Freedom March.

Relatives of prisoners and Peace Mothers, who are holding a Justice Vigil in many cities to demand the physical freedom of Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan, held a press conference at the door of the Parliament. People's Equality and Democracy Party (DEM Party) Parliamentary group deputy chair Gülistan Kılıç Koçyiğit and DEM Party Women's Assembly spokesperson, Halide Türkoğlu attended the action.

Halide Türkoğlu said that the mothers went in front of the parliament to meet with the Minister of Justice, but they were informed that the Minister was not there. Türkoğlu said that they would deliver the file containing the demands of the mothers to the deputy Minister of Justice.

Türkoğlu said: “For the establishment of peace, the mothers demand that the isolation imposed on Mr. Öcalan be lifted and that the demands of political prisoners on hunger strike be met. The whole country should listen to the voices of Peace Mothers who came here from many parts of the country."

Speaking on behalf of the Peace Mothers, Hamdiye Kırıcı said: "First of all, we salute the Great Freedom March, which will be held between 1-15 February, with the aim of ending the quarter-century isolation imposed on Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan. There has been no news from Mr. Öcalan since 25 March 2021. Allowing visits and providing news will be the only way to a peaceful and democratic life. We once again call on women, all public opinion that wants peace, freedom and democracy, international institutions and organizations to increase the fight against the Imrali torture system.

Hundreds of prisoners in nearly 100 jails in Turkey went on hunger strike on 27 November 2023, demanding the removal of the isolation imposed on Mr. Öcalan and reclaiming his freedom and a democratic and peaceful solution to the Kurdish question.”