If you have not written to your MP and MEPs yet in support of the
hunger strikers, please do so! You can contact your MP via
Here is a template you can use. Please modify it first:
I’m writing to you about Imam (Ilhan) Şiş, a Kurdish refugee from Turkey who has lived in the UK for 14 years. He has been on hunger strike for 79 days at the Kurdish Community Centre in Newport. He is one of over 300 Kurds around the world who have joined a hunger strike started by Leyla Güven, a Kurdish MP in Turkey who has been on hunger strike for 118 days. Their health situations are now extremely critical.
Imam and the other hunger strikers are demanding an end to the Turkish State’s isolation of the imprisoned Kurdish political leader Abdullah Öcalan. Abdullah Öcalan has been held in complete solitary confinement for over 20 years and has not been allowed to see his lawyers since 2011. He has not been allowed family visits since 2016. He is considered to be the main representative of the Kurdish people in the peace process between the Turkish government and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), but is unable to fulfill this duty while he cannot communicate with the outside world.
Here is a recent press article about Imam’s hunger strike:
There was a protest in Cardiff on 5 February, which was attended by about 400 people, and a march from London to Newport from 12 – 15 February, in support of the hunger strikers. A protest in London last weekend was attended by hundreds of people.
Imam would really appreciate your support as my MP. Please call on the Council of Europe, the CPT (Committee for the Prevention of Torture) and the OSCE (Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe) to fulfil their legal and political obligations. Turkey is a member state of the COE and the OSCE. None of these organisations have taken serious steps to halt the spread of authoritarianism in Turkey or spoken out against the inhumane acts taking place in Turkey’s prisons. Please also raise this issue with the Foreign Secretary, and in Parliament, and sign the International Women’s Initiative for Leyla Güven:
Please also sign the EDM (EDM #1959) started by Imam’s MP: