Women prisoners joined hunger strike

24 February 2012

Four more women prisoners in Siirt E Type Closed Prison have announced they have been on an indefinite hunger strike since February 15. Fifteen prisoners from the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) and PAJK (Kurdistan Women’s Freedom Party) in the same prison had already started a hunger strike in order to protest the capture and isolation of PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan.

There are around 70 prisoners on hunger strikes in several prisons, including Diyarbakır E Type Closed Prison where Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) Şırnak MP Selma Irmak and six other women prisoners have been on a hunger strike for ten days.

„I am giving up my right to life to close the door of death and to open the door to life,“ says Selma Irmak noting that no way for democratic politics has been left for the Kurds.

Irmak points out that women always played an important role in the struggle for peace and adds that they are hoping their action will bring about a peaceful solution of the Kurdish issue.

ANF/Sêrt – BOTAN

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