Human rights defenders: Opposition should call on state to obey law

VAN - IHD Co-chair Eren Keskin who evaluted the fact that no respond is being given to the visitation requests of PKK Leader Abdullah Öcalan's lawyers, stating that the opposition including CHP must call on the state to obey the law, Akıl Birdal said: "Rejecting applications is playing with fire".
The isolation of PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan was broken as a result of the hunger strikes under the leadership of Leyla Güven, but no response was received for the visitation requests of Asrın Law Office.  Human rights defenders Eren Keskin and Akin Birdal, who evaluated the re-implementation of the isolation, said that this unlawfulness should be eliminated immediately.
Keskin stated that the latest implementation of the state's Kurdish policy did not yield any results and noted that the isolation privacy has returned in İmralı Prison. Keskin said: "The political parties that asking for votes from the Kurds know very well that the Kurds voted in line with an allience and that changed the results in a profound way. If they hadn't, very different results could occur. I think this call should me made here, all officials including Kılıçdaroğlu must make a call to the State of Turkey to act accordingly with the law. Because Turkey does not implement their own law as well as acting contrary to the international conventions they have signed. I think if this is done, result could be recieved. As in all cases, only Kurds claim rights in all violations of rights. However, this is an extremely legal request. This demand also needs to be expressed by different segments in the society."
Stating that international organizations and supervisory mechanisms should also play their role, Birdal said: “Mainly the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT), the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), the European Parliament (EP), the Council of Europe (EC) and Europe Union (EU) should put this on their agenda with priority. One more person should not die for this again. Indeed, for the abolition of isolation, we must all be guards of freedom and justice and this isolation must come to an end. The rights and freedoms of prisoners arising from international and domestic law should not be subject to blackmail or bargaining. This isolation should now be removed from the agenda. "

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