Trans inmate quits hunger strike after reaching deal with prison officials

21 February 2018

Imprisoned trans woman Diren Coşkun who has been on a hunger strike claiming rights violations in the correctional facility announced on 21 February that she will quit the strike "for an indefinite period," according to a report by the independent news website Gazete Karınca

Coşkun, a LGBTI activist who has been in prison since 2017, was on the 27th day of her hunger strike which started on 25 January. She had started her protest on the grounds that the prison administration prevented her from access to medical treatments and surgery. She is being kept at Tekirdağ Prison in the northwest of Turkey. 

In a statement released by her friends, she said she had reached an agreement with the prison administration. She also thanked everyone who supported her.

Kıvılcım Arat, a board member of the Istanbul LGBTI Solidarity Association and a spokesperson for the Democratic Women's Movement, who had also started a hunger strike in support of Coşkun, also ended her strike.