Lawyers of Öcalan applies to international institutions: Expose this illegal isolation

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  • 14:06 26 November 2021
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ISTANBUL- Asrın Law Office applied to international institutions regarding the situation of PKK Leader Abdullah Öcalan and Ömer Hayri Konar, Hamili Yıldırım and Veysi Aktaş and demanded that they expose the Imrali isolation.

Asrın Law Office's lawyers continue their efforts regarding the situation of PKK Leader Abdullah Öcalan and prisoners Ömer Hayri Konar, Hamili Yıldırım and Veysi Aktaş, who have been held under heavy isolation conditions in İmralı High Security F Type Prison. Lawyers have applied to international institutions and NGOs, as well as Bursa Enforcement Judge and Ministry of Justice, institutions affiliated to the ministry, Parliamentary Human Rights Investigation Commission, bar associations and non-governmental organizations.
Lawyers applied to the Amnesty International, Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT), Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe/CCBE, European Association Of Lawyers For Democracy & World Human Rights/ELDH), European Bar Association (Federation Des Barreaux D'Europe/FBE), Human Rights Watch (HRW), International Federation for Human Rights /FIDH), International Association of Democratic Lawyers (İADL), International Service for Human Rights (İSHR), Lawyers for Lawyers, Turkey Human Rights Litigation Support project, World Organization Against Torture (OMCT), European Democratic Lawyers (ADL-EDL) and demanded that they expose the illegal situation practiced in İmralı in its application. In the application, the lawyers also asked these institutions to take initiatives to end the inhumane situation in Imrali.
PKK Leader Abdullah Öcalan has been kept in isolation in Imrali High Security Type F Prison since February 15, 1999, when he was handed over to Turkey with an international conspiracy. From 1999 to 2019, family and lawyers' applications for visitation were frequently, blocked on the different grounds.No positive or negative response is given to the applications made afterwards.
It was revealed that Öcalan was banned from being visited by lawyers for 6 months on September 23, 2020, on the grounds of the "Road Map" he prepared in addition to his defense submitted to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in 2009. Again, in the applications made by the lawyers, it was revealed that a new disciplinary punishment was given to Öcalan in January 2021.
Öcalan was given the right to speak on phone to his brother for the first time on April 27, 2020. Öcalan spoke to his brother Mehmet Öcalan on the phone again on March 25, 2021, due to the growing public concerns about some posts in the social media. However, Mehmet Öcalan announced that this meeting was interrupted. After the interrupted phone call, no one ever heard from Öcalan or any other prisoners in İmralı.  

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