Newsletter 08/2020

CPT report on Turkey, including Imrali prison 

Council of Europe anti-torture Committee CPT published 2 reports on Turkey, including Imrali prison where Kurdish political leader Abdullah Öcalan has been imprisoned since 1999. The CPT notes that the situation regarding the prisoners’ regime in Imrali  had not improved at all since the CPT’s 2016 visit. All prisoners were being held in solitary confinement for most of the time. No visits by lawyers had been granted since July 2011 and that hardly any visits by family members had taken place since October 2014. In the Committee’s view, such a state of affairs is not acceptable and clearly contravenes various relevant international human rights instruments and standards.

EUTCC statement on CPT reports 

The EUTCC agrees with CPT’s findings and will refer to these reports in order to refocus attention to some aspects that are not only relevant for human rights in general, but also in the context of a political solution to the Kurdish question and democratization of Turkey in particular.

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EUTCC letter to HR/VP Josep Borrell 

On the occasion of the infomal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers in Berlin at the end of August, where relations with Turkey are on the agenda, we sent a letter to HR/VP Josep Borrell to draw the attention to the need for effective measures to counter the damaging policy of Turkey.

Full statement:


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