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Turkey: Risk of torture and ill-treatment of Sehmuz Temel

, رقم الوثيقة: EUR 44/051/2000

A Kurdish man, who has reportedly been tortured by the Turkish authorities previously, has been arrested and may be at risk of torture.

PUBLIC AI Index: EUR 44/51/00
EXTRA 77/00 Risk of torture and ill-treatment 13 October 2000
TURKEY ehmuz Temel (46)
A Kurdish man, who has reportedly been tortured by the Turkish authorities
previously, has been arrested and may be at risk of torture.
ehmuz Temel was arrested on 12 October by plainclothes police officers with
walkie-talkies, who came to his home in the Fikirtepe neighbourhood of Istanbul
at around 11pm. On 13 October, his family learned that he is being held at
Istanbul Police Headquarters.
ehmuz Temel has reportedly been arrested and tortured several times. In October
1994 he was arrested by police in the province of Mardin and was severely
tortured. The torture included hanging by the arms, and he has apparently been
unable to move his arms since. He was imprisoned until 1998, convicted of aiding
and abetting the armed opposition group, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
People suspected of offences that fall under the jurisdiction of the State
Security Courts can be held in police custody without access to family, friends
or legal counsel for up to four days. If held for longer, detainees have the
right of access to a lawyer under certain conditions. In most cases this right
is denied.
With no access to the outside world, detainees are at the mercy of their
interrogators. Torture is regularly used to extract confessions, to elicit
information about illegal organizations, to intimidate detainees into becoming
police informers, or as unofficial punishment for presumed support of illegal
organizations. Torture methods include severe beatings, being stripped naked
and blindfolded, hosing with pressurized ice-cold water, suspending by the
arms or wrists bound behind the victim's back, electric shocks, beating the
soles of the feet, death threats and sexual assault.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/airmail
letters in English or your own language:
- expressing concern for the safety of ehmuz Temel;
- urging that he is not tortured or ill-treated;
- urging that he is given immediate access to a lawyer, and to his family;
- asking to be informed of any charges that may be brought against him;
- reminding the Turkish government of its obligations under Article 3 of the
European Convention on Human Rights, which states: “No one shall be subjected
to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”
APPEALS TO:
Minister of Interior
Mr Saadettin Tantan
çileri Bakanl
06644 Ankara, Turkey
Telegrams: Interior Minister, Ankara, Turkey
Faxes: + 90 312 418 17 95
Salutation: Dear Minister
Minister of Justice
Prof Hikmet Sami Türk
Ministry of Justice
Adalet Bakanl
06659 Ankara, Turkey
Telegrams: Justice Minister, Ankara, Turkey
Faxes: + 90 312 417 3954 / 418 5667
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Salutation: Dear Minister
Istanbul Chief of Police
Istanbul Emniyet Müdürü
Istanbul Emniyet Müdürlüü
Vatan Caddesi, Istanbul, Turkey
Telegrams: Istanbul Emniyet Müdürü, Istanbul, Turkey
Salutation: Dear Chief of Police
COPIES TO:
State Minister with responsibility for Human Rights
Mr Rütü Kazm Yücelen
Office of the Prime Minister
Babakanlk
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 27 October 2000.

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