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(en) Turkey, DEATH FASTING!

From "Batur Özdinç" <batur_ozdinc@hotmail.com>
Date Mon, 4 Dec 2000 02:43:49 -0500 (EST)


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Leftist prisoners in Turkish jails have completed their 46th day on hunger 
strike to protest F-type prison project. 816 political prisoners are on 
hunger strike; 137 of them have started "death-fasting".

Their desires are listed as follows; Turkish government must give up F-type 
prison project, make reforms in jails and Turkish judge system, and 
democratize Turkish laws&constitution. Some activist prisoners have lost 
over 20 kilograms; their life are in danger. Turkish Justice Minister Hikmet 
Sami Türk is rejecting any desire of the prisoners and talking about "doctor 
intervention!". On the other side TTB (Turkish Doctors Union) declared that 
to intervene a prisoner who is on hunger strike (or even death-fasting) is 
not ethical. "Risk of death" is increasing day by day; some of them will 
never feel as healthier as before.

In 1996, 12 leftist prisoner had died because of death-fastings. Their 
desires were similiar; as it happened four years ago, Turkish government is 
still rejecting any "agreement" with the prisoners.
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