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Abdullah Ocalan: EU turns screw on Turkey over jailed PKK leader’s isolation

24 Feb

Fresh efforts will be made in the next few days to end the isolation of Abdullah Ocalan, the imprisoned leader of the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK).A delegation of former and present members of the European parliament and the Council of Europe, as well as academics and journalists who met Ocalan’s lawyers in Istanbul last weekend, is to send a team to Strasbourg to ask the Committee on the Prevention of Torture (CPT) to intervene.Ocalan has now been held in isolation for 18 years at Imrali prison. For the first 10 years he was the only prisoner at the facility, located on an island off Turkey’s western coast.The CPT, which was set up by the Council of Europe, has regularly visited the Kurdish leader. Its last visit was in April 2016: Ocalan’s lawyers are now concerned that his conditions of detention may have worsened since the failed coup attempt in Turkey on 15 July last year, which sparked a clampdown on Kurdish MPs and hundreds of activists accused of links with the PKK.

Source: Abdullah Ocalan: EU turns screw on Turkey over jailed PKK leader’s isolation | Middle East Eye

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