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Öcalan has been kept in solitary confinement by the Turkish authorities in the prison island of Imrali since 1999 and has been denied access to his lawyers since 2011. No-one, including his family, has been able to see him since April 2015 when a delegation from the Peace and Democracy Party (HDP) last visited him. He now leads a solitary life in total isolation.
It is well understood from international experience that in order to end conflict all parties to that conflict must be involved in seeking a solution.
Öcalan is key to a peaceful solution in Turkey. He has the support of the Kurdish people as is clearly demonstrated by the fact that over 10 million people signed a petition last year calling for his release. He has called repeatedly for a democratic resolution within Turkey to secure a peaceful and lasting solution. He has the respect and influence to unite the Kurdish people around these democratic demands for peace. No progress towards a solution can be achieved without Öcalan’s participation.
URL Link to petition: http://www.freedomforocalan.org/