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Further information on UA 337/94 (EUR 45/95/94, 14 September and follow-ups EUR 44/103/94, 26 September and EUR 44/115/94, 7 October and EUR 44/119, 14 October) - Turkey: fear of torture / "disappearance": Mehmet Balamir, Kadriye Ozcanli, Gursel Sahin, Ne

, رقم الوثيقة: EUR 44/130/1994

Metin Dag, Gursel Sahin, Vehbiye Tuzun, Ismail Hakki Kelleci, Salih Atkac and Nevzat Aydin have all been released. They have alleged that they were severely tortured in detention and made to testify against Ozgur Ulke.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: EUR 44/130/94
Distr: UA/SC
2 November 1994
Further information on UA 337/94 (EUR 44/95/94, 14 September 1994) and
follow-ups (EUR 44/103/94, 26 September; EUR 44/115/94, 7 October; EUR
44/119/94, 14 October) - Fear of Torture / "Disappearance"
TURKEY Mehmet Balamir, newspaper distributor for Özgür Ülke
Kadriye Özcanl_, (f), office manager of Özgür Ülke in D'bak_r
Gürsel _ahin, aged 23 }
Nezahat Özen, (f) } correspondents for Özgür Ülke
Metin Da_, }
Vehbiye Tüzün, (f), aged 23, correspondent in Urfa
new names: _smail Hakk_ Kelleci }
Salih Aykaç } correspondents for Özgür Ülke
Nevzat Ayd_n }
Metin Da_, Gürsel _ahin, Vehbiye Tüzün, _smail Hakk_ Kelleci, Salih Aykaç and
Nevzat Ayd_n, detained after police raids on the office of the newspaper Özgür
Ülke in Diyarbak_r on 20 September and 4 October, have all now been released.
They have alleged that they were severely tortured in detention and made to
testify against Özgür Ülke.
Vehbiye Tüzün was reportedly held blindfolded throughout 12 days of
incommunicado detention in two different locations. In the second location,
presumably the Regimental Gendarmerie Headquarters in Diyarbak_r, she was kept
for 10 days in a cell on the second floor, on which many other detainees were
also being held (on one occasion she recognized the voice of Nezahat Özen when
being taken to the toilet). Torture methods used against her included sexual
assault, being stripped, hosed with pressurized icecold water, made to lie
naked on concrete, squeezing of breasts and being given electric shocks to
breasts and genitals. Blindfolded she signed a prepared statement which she
renounced when brought before the prosecutor. The prosecutor recorded her
rejection and ordered her release, without bringing charges. A medical report
issued on 18 October certified shoulder pain and pelvic infection among other
complaints, consistent with the alleged torture.
As noted in previous updates, Mehmet Balamir, Kadriye Özcanl_ and Nezahat Özen
have been formally arrested and committed to prison. Nezahat Özen also alleged
that she had been tortured in police custody, including being hung up by the
wrists.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and
airmail letters
- reiterating your concern at reports that Vehbiye Tüzün, and Nezahat Özen,
Metin Da_, Gürsel _ahin, _smail Hakk_ Kelleci, Salih Aykaç and Nevzat Ayd_n
were tortured in Diyarbak_r following their detention on 2 October and 20
September respectively;
- urging that an impartial and thorough investigation be carried out into their
allegations of torture and that those responsible be brought to justice;
- asking to be informed of the outcome of such an investigation.
APPEALS TO:
2
1) Chief Prosecutor at Diyarbak_r State Security Court:
DGM Ba_savcisi
Devlet Güvenlik Mahkemesi
Diyarbak_r, Turkey
Telegrams: DGM Bassavcisi, Diyarbakir, Turkey
Salutation: Dear Sir
2) Chief of Staff of the Gendarmerie:
Orgeneral Ayd_n _lter
Jandarma Kuvvetleri Komutanl___
Bakanl_klar
Ankara, Turkey
Telegrams: Jandarma Genel Komutani, Ankara, Turkey
Faxes: +90 312 418 0476
Salutation: Dear General
3) Minister of Justice:
Mr Mehmet Mo_ultay
Adalet Bakanl___
06659 Ankara, Turkey
Telegrams: Justice Minister, Ankara, Turkey
Faxes: +90 312 425 4066; 417 3954
Salutation: Dear Minister
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
Minister of Foreign Affairs:
Prof Mümtaz Soysal
D__i_leri Bakanl___
06100 Ankara, Turkey
Faxes: 90 312 287 1886
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 12 December 1994.

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