Lawyer Köklü: strikers’ demands are legal and legitimate

Prisoners in Turkey started a five-day alternating hunger strike on 27 November to protest the isolation of PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan and mistreatments in Turkish prisons. The strike, which started with the participation of many prisoners across several different prisons, was taken over by a third group on 7 December.

Asrın Law Bureau lawyer Serbay Köklü spoke about the ongoing hunger strikes in prisons and the isolation imposed on Öcalan. Köklü said the last time they could meet with their client Öcalan was on 7 August.

Drawing attention to the high risk of sickness in prisons due to the pandemic, attorney Köklü said, “All demands of the prisoners are legal and legitimate and should be met”.