Document - Turkey: Further information on fear of torture / possible prisoners of conscience: Huseyin Umit, Sukru Calli; and new name: Abdulkerim Demirer
EXTERNAL (for general distribution)AI Index: EUR 44/70/95
19 June 1995
Further information on EXTRA 72/95 (EUR 44/69/95, 16 June 1995) - Fear of Torture / Possible prisoners of conscience
TURKEYHüseyin Ümit (note correct spelling), lawyer, secretary of Hakkari branch of the Turkish Human Rights Association
Şükrü Çallı, former mayor of Hakkari
new name:Abdulkerim Demirer, lawyer, president of Hakkari branch
of the Turkish Human Rights Association
On 19 June 1995, the president of the Hakkari branch of the Turkish Human Rights Association (HRA), Abdulkerim, Demirer was detained at his home. He is married with three children. His daughter reported to Amnesty International that police came at 3pm and surrounded the house. Two plainclothes policemen searched the house for an hour. They confiscated several of Abdulkerim Demirel's books and took him to Hakkari Police Headquarters.
Hüseyin Ümit and Şükrü Çallı, detained on 15 June, are still in custody.
Hakkari is under emergency legislation. Under the Turkish Criminal Procedure Code detainees in this area may be held incommunicado for up to 30 days without access in person or by telephone to their lawyer, family, or a medical practitioner of their choice. Amnesty International believes that Abdulkerim Demirer, Hüseyin Ümit and Şükrü Çallı may be prisoners of conscience, and that they may be at risk of ill-treatment or torture.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail letters either in English or in your own language:
- urging that Abdulkerim Demirer, Hüseyin Umut and Şükrü Çallı be immediately released or brought before a judge;
- seeking assurances that they are not being subjected to any form of ill-treatment.
- reiterating concern at the continuing detention of members of the Human Rights Association, and calling for them to be allowed to carry out their internationally recognized right to the peaceful defence of human rights without fear of intimidation or arrest.
1. Hakkari Chief Prosecutor
Hakkari Cumhuriyet Başsavcısı
Mr Ali Aydemir
Telegrams: Hakkari Chief Prosecutor, Hakkari, Turkey
Salutation: Dear Sir
2. Deputy Prime Minister
Mr Hikmet Çetin
06573 Ankara, Turkey
Telegrams: Deputy Prime Minister, Ankara, Turkey
Telexes: 44061/44062/44063 bbmt tr; 42099 basb tr; 42875 bbk tr
Faxes: +90 312 417 04 76 DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER
Salutation: Dear Deputy Prime Minister
3. State Minister with responsibility for Human Rights:
Mr Algan Hacaloğlu
Office of the Prime Minister
06573 Ankara, Turkey
Faxes: +90 312 417 0476
Telegrams: Minister for Human Rights, Ankara, Turkey
Salutation: Dear Minister
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
President of the Parliamentary Human Rights Commission:
Mr Sabri Yavuz
İnsan Hakları Araştırma Komisyonu Başkanı
Faxes: +90 312 420 5394
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 19 July 1995.