The 2019 International Peace Delegation to İmralı was organized by the International Initiative “Freedom for Öcalan – Peace in Kurdistan,” with support from the Freedom for Öcalan campaign and trade union group (UK), comprising politicians, academics, trade unionists, and public figures. The delegation visited Turkey from 11-16 February 2019, and met with representatives from a number of human rights organizations, civil organizations, law firms, trade unions, and political bodies, as well as with HDP MP Leyla Güven, then on her 98th day of hunger strike. The delegation also wrote a letter to the Turkish Minister of Justice, requesting a meeting to raise concerns over the conditions of Öcalan and the hunger strikers, as well as to ask to visit Öcalan on İmralı. The delegation did not receive a response to this letter.
The situation in Turkey represents the failure of the international human rights mechanisms. Many people with whom the 2019 International Peace Delegation spoke expressed frustration at the refusal of the bodies of the Council of Europe and the broader international community to take more meaningful action against the situation.
The full report contains useful background on the current situation and the context for the policy of extreme isolation as well as coming to concrete conclusions and proposals for action for the trade union movement and international human rights organisations.