Kurdish Political Prisoners Begin a Hunger Strike in Syria


According to a report by the human rights group Support Kurds in Syria (SKS), on October 30, a group of Kurdish political prisoners in Adra Prison and Sednaya Military Prison in Damascus began an open-ended hunger strike. The Kurds are imprisoned under the Emergency Laws of 1963 that allow to jail anyone for supporting a Kurdish political party. The men going on hunger strike are protesting against the inhumane conditions they are kept in and demand to be given rights similar to those of jailed criminals. Among their demands is to receive a fair trial, be brought out of isolation, receive visits from relatives, and have access to radio and television.