Denied Fair Trial and Disregarded for 238 Days! Kurdish Activist Dies of Hunger Strike in Turkish Jail

Published August 30th, 2020 - 08:30 GMT
Kurdish Activist Died of a Hunger Strike in Turkey: Denied Fair Trial and Disregarded for 238 Days!
Timtik went on a hunger strike for 238 days demanding a fair trial in Istanbul. (Twitter: @StefSimanowitz / @LasNico6)

After months of public appeal for Kurdish lawyer Ebru Timtik to be released following her hunger strike in demand of fair trial, the young activist was pronounced dead, stirring a storm of condemnation against the Turkish government.

238 days had gone by as Timtik continued her hunger strike while in Silivri prison in Istanbul as she was demanding a fair trial after she was sentenced to 13.5 years. According to DW, Timtik and 17 other lawyers were sentenced to jail over alleged links to the outlawed Marxist organization known as the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C).

Human rights activists had reported legal flaws in her trial; especially after judges who had ordered her initial release were replaced following her detention in September 2018, which led her and another lawyer to start a hunger strike that went on for several months.

As soon as news of Timtik death was announced last Thursday, social media exploded with anger over the Turkish government's complete disregard for her health and her demands, accusing Turkish officials of intentionally killing the 42-years old activist.

Translation: "I don't know what to write"

Translation: Police attack at Ebru Timtik's funeral: they targeted a person attending the funeral and shot plastic bullets like this."

Twitter users also shared videos of Timtik's funeral where several lawyers carried her coffin, while wearing their robes. Music was played in honor of the late activist before police officers tried to attack the hundreds of people who gathered to mourn her chanting "Ebru Timtik is immortal."

According to media sources, several health reports had recommended Ebru Timtik's release due to her deteriorating health condition but were all rejected by the court. Friends and family of Timtik said that she weighed 30 kilograms at the time of her death.

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