Mother forced to speak Turkish at visit with her prisoner son

Fince Akman, protested the fact that the guards forced her to speak Turkish during a prison visit with her son.

In an open meeting with her prisoner son Yakup Akman in Marmara High Security Prison on 14 March, 14, Fince Akman said that the clothes and money she sent to him were not given, and that her son was subjected to solitary confinement for arbitrary reasons.

Fince Akman said that the rights violations against prisoners increased during the ongoing hunger strike carried out in jails within the framework of the initiative launched to demand freedom for Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan. Prisoners have been on hunger strike since 27 November.

Fince Akman said: "It takes months for the goods and money we send to reach the prisoners. When we go for the visit, the prison administration forces us to speak Turkish. We cannot speak Kurdish."

Akman said that they will continue the struggle until the demands are met and expand the actions when necessary.

Akman called for an end to the isolation of Abdullah Öcalan and all the prisoners.