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Turkey: Further information on fear of "disappearance" / fear of torture: Serif Yilmaz, aged 15, Sibli Yilmaz, his brother, aged 35

, رقم الوثيقة: EUR 44/102/1995

According to information provided by the Emergency Region Governor in Diyarbakir, the above are both in detention in Bitlis. This means that Serif Yilmaz, has now been held by the gendarmerie in incommunicado detention for nearly a month without access to his parents or a lawyer. This is in breach of Statute 2253 of Turkish law which requires that minors are questioned by the prosecutor only and that their next of kin are informed of their whereabouts.

EXTERNAL AI Index: EUR 44/102/95
29 September 1995
Further information on EXTRA 107/95 (EUR 44/96/95, 18 September 1995) - Fear
of "disappearance"/ Fear of torture
TURKEY_erif Y_lmaz, aged 15
_amil Y_lmaz, his brother, aged 35
According to information provided by the Emergency Region Governor in
Diyarbak_r, _erif and _amil Y_lmaz are both in detention in Bitlis. On 25
September 1995 the Bitlis Provincial Gendarmerie Headquarters acknowledged
that both are being held there. This means that _erif Y_lmaz, a 15-year-old,
has by now been held by the gendarmerie in incommunicado detention for nearly
a month without access to his parents or a lawyer. This is in breach of Statute
2253 of Turkish law which requires that minors are questioned by the prosecutor
only and that their next of kin are promptly informed of their whereabouts.
The information was obtained with the help of the Human Rights Ministry in
Ankara which made inquiries with the relevant authorities and received a
positive reply.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/
airmail letters in English or in your own language:
- expressing concern that _erif Y_lmaz, a 15-year-old, has been held
incommunicado in unacknowledged detention for nearly a month at the Bitlis
Provincial Gendarmerie Headquarters, in breach of Statute 2253;
- urging that those responsible for this breach of the law are held responsible;
- seeking information about the state of health of both brothers, _erif and
_amil Y_lmaz, and the charges brought against them.
APPEALS TO:
1. Minister of the Interior:
Mr Nahit Mente_e
Içisleri Bakanl___
Ankara, Turkey
Telegrams: Interior Minister, Ankara, Turkey
Faxes: +90 312 418 1066; 418 1795
Salutation: Dear Minister
2. Bitlis State Prosecutor:
Cumhuriyet Ba_savc_s_
Hükümet Kona__
Bitlis, Turkey
Telegrams: Cumhuriyet Savcisi, Bitlis, Turkey
Salutation: Dear Sir
3. Gendarmerie General Commander:
General Ayd_n _lter
Jandarma Genel Komutan_
Kara Kuvvetleri Komutanl___
Bakanl_klar
06100 Ankara, Turkey
Faxes: +90 312 418 0476
Telegrams: Jandarma Genel Komutan_, Bakanl_klar, Ankara, Turkey
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Salutation: Dear General
COPIES TO:
President of the Parliamentary Human Rights Commission:
Mr Sabri Yavuz
_nsan Haklar_ Ara_t_rma Komisyonu Ba_kan_
TBMM
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 27 October 1995.

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