9 May 2019| Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Kurdistan 24

Plaid Westminster Leader, Liz Saville Roberts, urged the UK government to listen to Kurdish hunger strikers.

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The United Kingdom’s Prime Minister, Theresa May, confirmed on Wednesday that her government would encourage Turkey to uphold the human rights of hunger strike detainees, including access to medical treatment.

May made the comments in response to a question from Plaid Cymru MP Liz Saville Roberts on whether the prime minister would take urgent action given the critical condition of Kurdish hunger strikers.

Hundreds of politically-jailed Kurds in Turkey are on a hunger strike to break a policy of isolation on the imprisoned founder and leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Abdullah Ocalan.

The hunger strikes have spread to places around the world, including in the UK. Among those on strike in Britain is 32-year old Imam Sis, who is currently on day 143 of his indefinite hunger strike and “is close to death,” according to Roberts.

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