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

Distr: UA/SC

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

Hükümet Konağı



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


President of the Parliamentary Human Rights Commission:

Mr Sabri Yavuz

İnsan Hakları Araştırma Komisyonu Başkanı


Ankara, Turkey

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.

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