Minister demands intervention to help save Kurdish hunger striker’s life

(Title Image: Welsh Solidarity İmam Sis via Twitter)

Following prompting by Delyth Jewell AM (Plaid, South Wales East), International Affairs & Welsh Language Minister, Eluned Morgan (Lab, Mid & West Wales) wrote to UK Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt MP, demanding action over a series of hunger strikes revolving around conditions in which Kurdish PKK leader, Abdullah Öcalan, is being held in a Turkish prison.

Imam Sis, from Newport, has now been on hunger strike for more than 140 days and is reported to be in a critical condition.

“This is a matter of considerable distress within his local community and more widely across Wales. His local AM has been in contact to report his deteriorating condition and with it, her reason to believe that an intervention by the UK Government could bring the hunger strike to an end and save his life.”
– International Affairs & Welsh Language Minister, Eluned Morgan

In March, the Senedd backed a call for international observers from the European Commission for the Prevention of Torture to visit Öcalan in prison. Last week, a vigil was held outside the National Museum, while on May 6th it was announced that Öcalan has been visited by legal counsel.