Document - Turkey: Further information on prisoner of conscience / fear of torture / fear for safety and new concern: medical concern: Ali Ekber Kaya, Huseyin Dagdeviren; and new names: Gulbahar Gunduz (f), Funda Sarigul (f), Veysel Yagan (f)

EXTERNAL (for general distribution)AI Index: EUR 44/62/95

Distr: UA/SC


26 May 1995


Further information on UA 81/95 (EUR 44/44/95, 28 March 1995) and follow-ups (EUR 44/47/95, 31 March; EUR 44/49/95, 6 April) - Prisoner of conscience / Fear of torture / Fear for safety and new concern: Medical concern


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

Hüseyin Dağdeviren


new namesGülbahar Gündüz (f)

Funda Sarığül (f)

Veysel Yağan (f)



On 25 May 1995 Malatya State Security Court released Ali Ekber Kaya, who is charged with membership in the illegal MLKP-K (Marxist Leninist Communist Party). However, the four others also detained around 21 March in Tunceli and later charged with the same offence, Hüseyin Dağdeviren, Gülbahar Gündüz, Funda Sarığül and Veysel Yağan, were not released.


Amnesty International is particularly concerned about the health of Gündüz Gülbahar. After being detained on 21 March at her home she was taken to Tunceli police station. On 23 March Gündüz Gülbahar who suffers from asthma had to be taken to Tunceli State Hospital when she lost consciousness. Reportedly, Gündüz Gülbahar is suffering from partial paralysis of the legs, allegedly as a result of torture.


After staying for a week in hospital, Gündüz Gülbahar was returned to police custody. On 3 April, she had to be carried into the local court in Tunceli, where she was formally arrested and committed to Malatya Closed Prison, with the other four detainees.


The five appeared for the first hearing of their trial at Malatya State Security Court on 25 May. When Gündüz Gülbahar entered the court-room of Malatya State Security Court she was half unconscious and could not walk on her own. The judge called a doctor into the court-room. During the hearing Gündüz Gülbahar reported that policemen frequently tortured and threatened to rape and to kill her while she was in police custody in Tunceli. The other detainees also made formal complaints that they had been tortured by police.


Amnesty International has been informed that the prosecutor at Malatya Closed Prison has refused requests by her family and legal counsel for Gündüz Gülbahar to be treated in hospital.


FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express/airmail letters:

- expressing deep concern about the health of Gündüz Gülbahar;

- urging the authorities to allow Gündüz Gülbahar to receive all appropriate medical treatment;

- asking for a prompt and impartial investigation of the torture allegations made by all five detainees.


PLEASE SEND APPEALS TO:


Minister of Health and Social Welfare

Mr Doğan Baran

Ministry of Health and

Social Welfare

Sağlık ve Sosyal Yardım

Bakanlığı

Ankara, Turkey

Faxes: +90 312 431 4879

Telegrams: Health Minister, Ankara, Turkey

Salutation: Dear Sir


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

Ministry of Justice

Adalet Bakanlığı

06100 Ankara

Faxes: +90 312 417 3954

Telegrams: Justice Minister, Ankara, Turkey

Salutation: Dear Sir


COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:


State Minister with responsibility for Human Rights:

Mr Algan Hacaloğlu

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 12 July 1995.

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