DEFEND INTERNATIONAL NORWAY CONCERNED ABOUT HUNGERSTRIKERS
Defend International (DI) is alarmed by reports that hundreds of Kurdish political prisoners in Turkey have started a hunger strike to protest prison conditions, unfair trial practices and racial discrimination while the Turkish authorities continue to deny the prisoners access to qualified medical care. According to the information received from DI Defenders in Turkey, the guards are using excessive force and punitive measures, such as denying prisoners’ access to drinking water, sugar, and vitamins, aiming to force the prisoners to break their hunger strike.
We urge the Turkish authorities to immediately put an end to all forms of harassment, torture, and inhumane treatment against the prisoners on hunger strike. We also urge them to provide the prisoners access to qualified medical care, and anyone in serious condition must be referred instantly to a qualified health professional or a hospital where the necessary treatment should begin promptly.
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WIDAD AKRAWI – President – DEFEND INTERNATIONAL
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