Political parties, legal organisations and NGOs call for an immediate end to the Imrali isolation

Protesting against torture in prisons, political parties and legal organisations said, "Lift the isolation in İmralı, ensure a democratic solution to the Kurdish question.”

Political prisoners in Izmir Şakran Women's Closed Prison were subjected to disciplinary proceedings due to their decision to boycott the courts and not to attend family visits and phone calls in protest at the isolation of Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan. Within the scope of the investigation, prisoners were sentenced to solitary confinement.   

Political parties, legal and non-governmental organisations in the city made a press statement in front of Aliağa Penal Institution against the torturous practices in prisons.

Aynur Gezici read the statement and said, "Political prisoners announced in a written statement on 4 April that they have turned their hunger strike into 'boycotts of court, family visits and phone calls'. Prisoners are in resistance for the end of the isolation of Mr Abdullah Öcalan, for his physical freedom and for a democratic peaceful solution to the Kurdish question."

Stating that the isolation policies are being deepened and the society is being left breathless, Aynur Gezici said that 61 percent disabled Makbule Özer (82), Hatice Yıldız (75), Besra Erol (65) and Hanife Arslan (76) were arrested despite their advancing age and illnesses. Emphasising that political prisoners continue their resistance despite all kinds of pressure, Aynur Gezici said, "Those who are trying to prevent the freedom struggle of our women companions in İzmir Women's Closed Prison are subjecting our friends to isolation with disciplinary penalties and solitary confinement. All the fascist practices that İzmir Women's Closed Prison has been implementing for years are aimed at breaking the struggle of women and intimidating women."

Gezici said, "We will continue to resist these practices in prisons and at the prison gates, regardless of the conditions and circumstances. Immediately lift the solitary confinement of women prisoners and end these practices. The demand of political prisoners is the demand of millions. Lift the Imrali isolation and ensure a democratic solution to the Kurdish question."

The parties and organisations that endorsed the statement are as follows: Free Women's Movement (Tevgera Jinên Azad-TJA), Peoples' Equality and Democracy Party (DEM Party), Peace Mothers, Aegean Association for Assistance and Solidarity with the Families of Prisoners and Convicts (EGE-TUHAYDER), Democratic Regions Party (DBP), Izmir Branch of Association of Lawyers for Freedom (ÖHD), JinArt and Anatolian Association for Assistance and Solidarity with Families who Lost Relatives (ANYAKAYDER).