EXTERNAL (for general distribution)AI Index: EUR 44/52/95
20 April 1995
Further information on UA 450/94 (EUR 44/157/94, 22 December 1994) - Prisoners of Conscience and follow-ups (EUR 44/04/95, 6 January; EUR 44/12/95, 13 January; EUR 44/27/95, 6 February; EUR 44/38/95, 1 March; EUR/39/95, EUR 44/39/95, 10 March 1995.
TURKEY:Mahmut Şakar, secretary of Diyarbakır branch of the Turkish Human Rights Association (HRA)
Nimetullah Gündüz, lawyer, board member of Diyarbakır HRA
Abdullah Çağer, lawyer, board member of Diyarbakır HRA
Melike Alp (f), board member of Diyarbakır HRA
Sinan Tanrıkulu, lawyer, member of Diyarbakır HRA
Fırat Anlı, lawyer, member of Diyarbakır HRA
Hanifi Işık, teacher, member of Diyarbakır HRA
Şerif Atmaca, member of Diyarbakır HRA
Servet Ayhan, lawyer, member of Diyarbakır HRA
Mahmut Şakar, Nimetullah Gündüz, Abdullah Çağer, and Melike Alp were released on Monday 17 April after a hearing at Diyarbakır State Security Court. The next hearing of their continuing trial will be on 12 June.
Congratulations and thanks to all who appealed on their behalf.
The indictment against Sinan Tanrıkulu, Fırat Anlı, Hanifi İşık, Şerif Atmaca, and Servet Ayhan has now been prepared. They will appear at the first hearing of their trial on 1 May, on charges of membership of the armed illegal organisation, the PKK.
Further information on the releases will follow. Meanwhile, please continue appeals for the five boardmembers of Diyarbakır Human Rights Association who remain in custody.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail letters:
- welcoming the release of Mahmut Şakar, Nimetullah Gündüz, Abdullah Çağer, and Melike Alp;
- calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Sinan Tanrıkulu, Fırat Anlı, Hanifi Işık, Şerif Atmaca, and Servet Ayhan, currently held at Diyarbakır E-type prison, who are considered by Amnesty International to be prisoners of conscience, detained because of their work for the Turkish Human Rights Association.
Emergency Legislation Governor:
Mr Ünal Erkan
Olağanüstü Hal Valisi
Telegrams: Olaganustu Hal Valisi, Diyarbakir, Turkey
Telex: 72110 OHVT TR/72084 DYVA TR "please forward to the Governor"
72090 JASY TR
Salutation: Dear Governor
Minister of Justice:
Mr Mehmet Moğultay
06659 Ankara, Turkey
Telegrams: Justice Minister, Ankara, Turkey
Salutation: Dear Minister
Deputy Prime Minister/Minister of Foreign Affairs:
Mr Murat Karayalçın
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Fax: +90 312 287 1886
Salutation: Dear Minister
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
State Minister with responsibility for Human Rights:
Mr Azimet Köylüoğlu
Office of the Prime Minister
06573 Ankara, Turkey
Faxes: +90 312 417 0476
and to diplomatic representatives of TURKEY accredited to your country.
* You may also send copies of your appeals, and best wishes to the prisoners: Sinan Tanrıkulu, Fırat Anlı, Hanifi Işık, Şerif Atmaca, Servet Ayhan: Diyarbakır E-tipi Cezaevi, Diyarbakır, Turkey.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat, or your section office, if sending appeals after 1 June 1995.