Several actions have been organized in Europe to demand an end to the isolation regime imposed on Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan by the Turkish state. Öcalan is held in İmralı F-Type High Security Prison since 1999.

The imprisonment of the Kurdish leader has turned into aggravated isolation by the Turkish state during the recent years as he is denied meeting with his lawyers since 27 July 2011. The fact that no news has been received from the Kurdish leader for the past two years is raising concerns over his condition and health.

Despite the repeated calls made by millions of Kurds, the Committee for the Prevention of Torture has taken no steps to visit the Kurdish leader in İmralı, while the Council of Europe and European Union member states continue their silence on the aggravated isolation which is carried out in the form of physical and psychological pressure.


Vienna Democratic Kurdish Society Center organised a tent demonstration in front of the Human Rights Momument at Ballhausplatz. The information tent was covered with Öcalan’s posters and flags of PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party), KCK (Kurdistan Communities Union) and YPG (People’s Defense Units). Activists are handing out English and German leaflets informing about the isolation of the Kurdish leader. The demonstration will continue until Saturday.


In Marseille city of France, Kurdish activists launched a three-day information stand action at Vieux Port Square to call attention to the aggravated isolation on Öcalan.

“Freedom for Öcalan, status for Kurdistan” reads the banner hung at the scene and demonstrators hand out leaflets about the isolation policy of the Turkish state.


In French capital city Paris, members of the Democratic Kurdish Society Center opened an information stand at Chatlet Le Halle Square where a banner reading “Öcalan’s freedom is our freedom” was hung.

French people and tourists Show great interest in the information stand where hunderds of leaflets informing about the isolation of the Kurdish leader were handed out.