2022 ANNUAL ASSESSMENT REPORT ON RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AND THE CURRENT CONDITIONS IN İMRALI ISLAND PRISON
İmralı F Type High Security Closed Prison is a single-person island prison that was built specifically for our client Abdullah Öcalan in February 1999 by completely overriding domestic and international law. The prison has since been operated based on a special status and through special practices. Under the so-called aggravated execution regime, which we also refer to as the “İmralı Isolation System”, our clients in the prison have been held under conditions of extraordinary isolation for a long time – 24 years in terms of Mr. Abdullah Öcalan and eight years each in terms of Mr. Hamili Yildirim, Mr. Ömer Hayri Konar, and Mr. Veysi Aktaş.
In İmralı Island Prison, fundamental rights and freedoms have been systematically violated since day one. Our clients’ rights to see their lawyers and family members, to communicate by telephone, and to communicate with the outside world by letter, fax or any other means of communication have been suspended, although these rights are guaranteed by the constitution, international conventions and domestic legislation.
Despite all our attempts, we have NOT BEEN ABLE TO RECEIVE EVEN A SINGLE SIGN OF LIFE from our clients since 25 March 2021. We could not obtain any information regarding their health status, their detention conditions, their legal situation etc. in 2022. This state of affairs leaves us extremely concerned. It has been 22 months that our clients have not been heard from in any way.
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