UA 447/90 - Turkey: fear of torture: Kenan Mutlu, Melek Guclu, Mehmet Tas, Yusuf Sonar, Emine Sahin
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UA 447/90 Fear of Torture 7 November 1990
TURKEY: Kenan Mutlu
Melek Güçlü (f)
Emine _ahin (f)
On the night of 4 November 1990, the police raided a number of houses in Gaziantep
in southeast Turkey and detained about 50 people. Most were released some hours
later but the police have stated that they are still holding between 10 and
15 of those originally detained, including the people named above, at the
Gaziantep Police Headquarters. The detainees are being held incommunicado and
it is feared that they may be ill-treated.
Turkey ratified the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture on 25
February 1988 and the UN Convention Against Torture on 2 August 1988. However,
all information available to Amnesty International indicates that torture is
still widespread and systematic in Turkey. Allegations of torture have continued
since the transfer of power to a civilian government in 1983. Most allegations
relate to ill-treatment of detainees in police custody during their initial
interrogation when they are usually denied access to relatives or a lawyer.
Under current legislation the maximum detention period before being formally
charged or released is 24 hours; in cases involving three or more suspects
or due to the 'nature of the crime' it may be extended to 15 days.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail letters:
- urging that Kenan Mutlu, Melek Güçlü, Mehmet Ta_, Yusuf Sonar, and Emine
_ahin should have prompt access to their lawyers and families, and that they
should not be ill-treated while in detention;
- requesting to be informed of any charges against them.
President Turgut Özal
Office of the President
Telegrams: The Pesident, Ankara, Turkey
Telex: 42303 kosk tr
Gaziantep Emniyet Müdürü
Gaziantep Chief of Police
Telegrams: Emniyet Muduru, Gaziantep, Turkey
COPIES TO: Diplomatic representatives of Turkey in your country
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 19 November 1990.