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 15 years. He has been on hunger strike for 104 days at the Kurdish Community Centre in Newport. He is one of thousands of 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 143 days. Most of the other hunger strikers are political prisoners in Turkey. The health situations of Imam, Leyla, and many of the others, are now extremely critical, and time is running out.
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. This total isolation amounts to torture under international human rights standards. Öcalan 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:
The Welsh Parliament recently passed a motion stating that Öcalan is not being held in line with human rights law.
Imam would really appreciate your support as my MP. Please call on the Council of Europe and the CPT (Committee for the Prevention of Torture) to fulfil their legal and political obligations. Turkey is a member state of the COE, but neither they or the CPT 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 EDM (EDM #1959) started by Imam’s MP: