Statement on the Deaths from Hunger Strike in Turkey
The Government deeply regrets the deaths resulting from hunger strikes in Turkish prisons. It strongly urges Turkey to continue its efforts to address existing problems and prevent further tragic loss of life and in this regard, as a Council of Europe member, to work actively to implement the recommendations of the Council's Committee for the Prevention of Torture. The Government also calls on the prisoners and their representatives to participate as a matter of urgency in efforts to seek a solution.
Note for Editors: The Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) was set up under the 1987 European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Forty one of the Council of Europe's member States, including Ireland and Turkey are bound by the Convention. The CPT has been actively involved in the issue of Turkish prisons. Its latest visit to Turkey, the third since the beginning of the year, took place from 18 to 21 April 2001. The EU has been pressing Turkey to introduce prison reform for some time. The Accession Partnership between the European Union and Turkey, includes Prison Reform among the priority areas which need to be addressed by Turkey to enable it to meet the criteria laid down by the Copenhagen European Council for EU membership. Top