Documento - Further information on UA 221/92 (EUR 44/57/92, 1 July and follow-up EUR 44/59/92, 2 July) - Turkey: fear of torture: Abdullah Arisoy, Sait Arisoy, Halil Arisoy and new names: Ali Komak, Erdal Gecit, Ahmet Dagli, Abdulkadir Bingol, Abdurrahman Aksoy, Mell
EXTERNAL (for general distribution)AI Index: EUR 44/65/92
22 July 1992
Further information on UA 221/92 (EUR 44/57/92, 1 July 1992) - and follow-up EUR 44/59/92, 2 July 1992 - Fear of Torture
TURKEY:Abdullah Arısoy, correspondent for Özgür Gündem in Cizre
Sait Arısoy, " " " " "
and new Ali Komak, correspondent for Özgür Gündem in Cizre
names:Erdal Geçit, lawyer
Ahmet Dağlı, meteorologist
Abdurrahman Aksoy, aged 70, whose son was killed by unidentified assailants in Diyarbakır at the beginning of July
Melle (meaning:imam) Abdülhamit (family name not known)
Faruk Sakık, correspondent for Özgür Gündem newspaper in Muş
Abdullah Yasın, primary school headmaster
Nimet Elki (female)
Amnesty International has learned that all the above people were detained in Cizre at the end of June/beginning of July 1992 and that their homes were searched. The organization has been informed that at Cizre Police Station Abdullah Arısoy, Melle Abdülhamit, Emin Soreş and in particular Ali Komak were beaten. Melle Abdülhamit was badly bruised and the hands of Abdurrahman Aksoy were swollen and bruised. After four days all the detainees were taken to Şırnak and held at Şırnak Police Headquarters where on arrival they were allegedly punched by some 50 police officers. When one of the detainees protested, "How can you do this, my maternal uncle is a member of parliament", he was made to say insulting things about his uncle. Emin Soreş sustained a cut on his right eye. The detainees were then put in cells measuring 1 metre by 1 metre. Four of the detainees were released from police custody on 9 July and reported that they had been tortured.
The others were taken to the Prosecutor's Office in Cizre on 16 July where the police chiefs of Şırnak and Cizre were present. Abdullah Arısoy complained to the prosecutor that he had been tortured. When the detainees were taken to court in Cizre the same day, he also told the judge that he had been tortured. Reportedly, there was a discussion among the police chiefs, the prosecutor and the judge as to whether he should be released, but eventually all the detainees were released on 17 July. In the afternoon of the same day at around 5.30 the security forces raided the house of Abdullah Arısoy with an arrest warrant from the prosecutor in Şırnak. However, Abdullah Arısoy was not there. Reportedly, arrest warrants have also been issued for Ali Komak and 12 others who were released on 17 July.
Abdullah Arısoy, Ali Komak and Mahmut Kırmızıgül are said to have been tortured very severely at Şırnak Police Headquarters. Methods of torture used included electric shocks and hanging by the wrists with arms tied behind their backs ("Palestinian Hanging"). To humiliate Abdullah Arısoy, he was made to bark like a dog. He was reportedly interrogated about articles he wrote for the weekly paper Yeni Ülke. Later they were treated by a Dr Kemal who applied a kind of ointment to their bodies, apparently to heal the torture marks.
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It is feared that any of those named above may be subjected to further torture, if taken into police custody again.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telexes/faxes/express and airmail letters
- expressing concern at the reported torture of the detainees named above, in particular of the journalists Abdullah Arısoy and Ali Komak;
- urging a prompt, full and impartial investigation into these allegations of torture at Cizre and Şırnak Police Headquarters;
- appealing that all necessary steps are taken to safeguard the physical and mental integrity of all detainees, in particular of any of those named above for whom a new arrest warrant is in force.
1) Prosecutor in Şırnak:
Mr Ahmet GökçınarSalutation: Dear Sir
Telegrams: Mr Gokcinar, Savciligi, Sirnak, Turkey
2) Prime Minister:
Mr Süleyman DemirelSalutation: Dear Prime Minister Office of the Prime Minister
06573 Ankara, Turkey
Telegrams: Prime Minister, Ankara, Turkey
Telexes: 44061/44062/44063 bbmt tr, 42099 basb tr, 42875 bbk tr
Faxes: + 90 4 417 04 76, + 90 4 230 88 96
3) Minister of the Interior:
Mr İsmet SezginSalutation: Dear Minister
06644 Ankara, Turkey
Telegrams: Interior Minister, Ankara, Turkey
Telexes: 46369 ICSL TR
Faxes: + 90 4 418 1795
4) Emergency Legislation Governor:
Mr Ünal ErkanSalutation: Dear Governor
Olağanüstü Hal Valisi
Telegrams: Olaganustu Hal Valisi, Diyarbakir, Turkey
Telexes: 72110 OHVT TR, 72084 DYVA TR
Faxes: + 90 831 26174 (telephone first and ask to switch on the fax machine: "Lütfen fax sinyal veriniz")
President of the Parliamentary Human Rights Commission:
İnsan Hakları Araştırma Komisyonu Başkanı
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 2 September 1992.