During Prime Minister’s Questions on 8 May, Theresa May was asked whether she will intervene over ongoing Kurdish hunger strikes in the UK and abroad. And she pledged to encourage her Turkish allies to ‘uphold human rights’. But she now needs to prove her words aren’t just lip service.
Plaid Cymru MP Liz Saville Roberts questioned the PM over whether she would take action as a matter of ‘urgency’ given the critical condition of Kurdish hunger strikers. Those on hunger strike include Ilhan Sis (also known as Imam) in Newport. Sis is currently on day 143 of his indefinite hunger strike and, as his friend recently wrote, “is close to death”. The strikers want Britain to put pressure on the Turkish government over the appalling prison conditions of Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan.