EU issues report on jail conditions of PKK leader in Turkey

A European committee on prevention of torture released Friday a report in response to the remarks claiming that "PKK's head is in isolation" at Imrali island.

EU issues report on jail conditions of PKK leader in Turkey

A European committee on prevention of torture released Friday a report in response to the remarks claiming that "PKK's head is in isolation" at Imrali island.

The Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT), a delegation from which paid a visit to Imrali island in 2007 in order to examine the detention conditions of PKK's head Abdullah Ocalan, released a report on Friday on the basis of its findings and the additional information provided by the Turkish authorities in a letter dated 24 February 2010.

"The CPT has reached the conclusion that the conditions of detention of Abdullah Ocalan have improved as compared to the situation found during the 2007 visit. The prisoner's integration 'into a setting where contacts with other inmates and a wider range of activities are possible' is now under way," the report said.

CPT's report also noted that there had been a marked improvement with regard to access to Imrali island for Ocalan's lawyers and family members.

"Consequently, the CPT has decided to close the procedure under Article 10, paragraph 2, of the Convention, which had been set in motion in March 2008," the report added.

A delegation from CPT paid a visit to Imrali on June 26-27, 2010 to examine Ocalan's detention conditions.

CPT, the anti-torture committee of the Council of Europe, pays visits to places of detention (e.g. prisons and juvenile detention centres, police stations, holding centres for immigration detainees and psychiatric hospitals), to see how persons deprived of their liberty are treated and, if necessary, to recommend improvements to States.


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