Since yesterday, 24 April, a number of representatives from Kurdish organisations have been staging a sit-in in the lobby of the office of Amnesty International’s International Secretariat in London. Amnesty International considers this a legitimate, and so far peaceful protest.
The groups are asking for a statement by us on a number of concerns including ongoing hunger strikes in prisons in Turkey. This morning, following a meeting with a delegation from the protesters, approximately 30 people forced their way into the building. While the police have been notified – at this point – Amnesty has not asked them to intervene.
Amnesty International is a fully independent organisation and does not accept instructions from any group. However, we have received some specific information from the protesters about potential rights violations and Amnesty International is working to verify this information.