An Urgent Appeal Letter in Defense of Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike in Turkey
October 27, 2012
The Kurdish political prisoners in Turkey are continuing their hunger strike . Please sign the petition of support below, spread the news about the strike that is now entering a dangerous and critical stage. Send the letter to various entities and authorities in your area: the Turkish consulates, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Secretary General of the United Nations, the European Human Rights Commission, NGOs, human rights organizations …etc, urging them to act swiftly to put pressure on the Turkish government to meet the basic demands and needs of the prisoners.
UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS
NEW YORK, NY 10017, USA
1 United Nations Plaza
New York, New York 10017-3515
Oct 27, 2012
Re: The Kurdish political Prisoners on Strike in Turkey
Dear Mr. Secretary General :
The Kurdish Human Rights Advocacy Group expresses its deepest concern for the health of over 700 Kurdish prisoners, currently on hunger strike in Turkish prisons. Medical experts have raised alarm over the prisoners’ precarious vulnerability to damaging and life endangering effects of the long strike, now entering its 45 day. We understand that the ongoing hunger strike is a desperate act on the part of prisoners to bring to the attention of the world community the intolerable human rights violations and discrimination against Kurds in Turkey. However, the prisoners’ demands are primarily the right to the mother tongue and freeing Mr. Öcalan from punitive solitary confinement. The Turkish government has thus far adamantly refused to consider these demands in violation of international conventions to which it is a signatory.
As the prisoners on strike enter a critical stage, we urge the Turkish government and international community to find a peaceful solution to end the plight of these prisoners whom we call upon not to undertake measures that would endanger their own lives.
We call upon the international community to demand accountability of the Turkish governments’ treatment of these prisoners. It behooves the Turkish government to enter a meaningful dialogue with the prisoners to address their demands before the incident turns into a human tragedy in which Turkey will be directly implicated.
Board of the Kurdish Human Rights Advocacy Group
Kurdish Human Rights Advocacy Group has been formed to mobilize effective action to defend and protect the Kurdish human rights, as embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These rights include civil, cultural, linguistic, religious, and political rights and freedoms in the countries that Kurds live.
Please sign the petition of support below, spread the news about the strike that is now entering a dangerous and critical stage.