Document - Turkey: Further information on prisoner of conscience / fear of torture / fear for safety: Ali Ekber Kaya (note full name), Eren Keskin (f), Mercan Guclu (f), Ercan Kanar; and new names: Cigdem Kaya (f), Huseyin Dagdeviren, Fidan Guler (f), Huseyin Guler

EXTERNAL (for general distribution)AI Index: EUR 44/47/95

Distr: UA/SC


31 March 1995


Further information on UA 81/95 (EUR 44/44/95, 28 March 1995) - Prisoner of conscience / Fear of torture / Fear for safety



TURKEYAli Ekber Kaya (note full name), president of the Tunceli Human Rights Association (HRA)

Eren Keskin (f), lawyer and member of Istanbul HRA

Mercan Güçlü (f), lawyer and member of Istanbul HRA

Ercan Kanar, Deputy Chairman of HRA, Istanbul


new namesCiğdem Kaya (f), aged 18

Hüseyin Dağdeviren, aged 30

Fidan Güler (f), health worker

Hüseyin Güler



Amnesty International has learned that two of Ali Ekber Kaya's relatives, Ciğdem Kaya and Hüseyin Dağdeviren, were taken into detention on or around 23 March 1995, when Ali Ekber himself was detained. The detention of all three has been acknowledged by the authorities.


Reports indicate that since 23 March, several others have been arrested in Tunceli, including Fidan Güler and Hüseyin Güler, a married couple with two children. As far as Amnesty International is aware their detention has not been acknowledged and the organization is concerned for their safety in custody.


Ali Ekber was previously arrested on 22 September 1994 and later released (see EXTRA 56/94, EUR 44/107/94, 29 September 1994 and follow-up, EUR 44/108/94, 3 October).


PLEASE CONTINUE ACTION ON BEHALF OF EREN KESKIN AS RECOMMENDED IN ORIGINAL UA OF 28 MARCH, AND IN ADDITION: Please send telegrams / telexes / faxes / express or airmail letters either in English or in your own language:

- appealing for the immediate release of Ali Ekber Kaya, currently held in Tunceli Police Headquarters and considered by Amnesty International to be a prisoner of conscience, detained for his work on behalf of the HRA;

- appealing for the immediate release of Ciğdem Kaya and Hüseyin Dağdeviren, apparently detained for being relatives of Ali Ekber Kaya;

- expressing deep concern for the safety of Fidan Güler and Hüseyin Güler, and seeking assurances that they will not be subjected to ill-treatment or torture;

- reiterating concern for the safety of activists of the HRA, who have been increasingly subjected to threats and harassment throughout the country; urging the authorities to investigate the incidents and to bring those responsible to justice.


APPEALS TO:


Emergency Legislation Governor:

Mr Ünal Erkan

Olağanüstü Hal Valisi

Diyarbakır, Turkey

Telegrams: Olaganustu Hal Valisi, Diyarbakir, Turkey

Telexes: 72110 OHVT TR; 72084 DYVA TR "please forward to the Governor"; 72090 JASY TR

Faxes: +90 412 222 6194

Salutation: Dear Governor


Chief of Tunceli Police:

Mr Süleyman Güleç

Tunceli Emniyet Müdürlüğü

Tunceli, Turkey

Telegrams: Emniyet Muduru, Tunceli, Turkey

Salutation: Dear Sir


Minister of Justice:

Mr Mehmet Moğultay

Adalet Bakanlığı

06659 Ankara, Turkey

Telegrams: Justice Minister, Ankara, Turkey

Faxes: +90 312 417 3954

Salutation: Dear Minister


Minister of Foreign Affairs:

Mr Erdal Inönü

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Dışişleri Bakanlığı

06100 Ankara, Turkey

Faxes: +90 312 287 1886

Telegrams: Foreign Minister, Ankara, Turkey

Salutation: Dear Minister


COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:


State Minister with responsibility for Human Rights:

Mr Azimet Köylüoğlu

Office of the Prime Minister

Başbakanlık

06573 Ankara, Turkey

Faxes: +90 312 417 0476

and to diplomatic representatives of Turkey accredited to your country.


PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat, or your section office, if sending appeals after 24 May 1995.

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