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Turkey: Torture / health concern: Turabi Kisin

, Index number: EUR 44/015/1995

Turabi Kisin is in incommunicado detention at the Anti-Terror branch of Istanbul Police headquarters. According to the testimony of another political prisoner, he had been badly tortured and is now in very poor health. This is his fourth time in detention. After his most recent imprisonment he reportedly required several months in hospital, due to torture. At the time of his arrest he was reportedly suffering from active tuberculosis and severe rheumatism. Turbai Kisin's family has allegedly been harassed by the security forces since one of his brothers, who had joined the PKK guerrillas, was killed in fighting in 1992.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: EUR 44/15/95
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UA 19/95 Torture / Health concern 23 January 1995
TURKEY Turabi Ki_in, 30
Turabi Ki_in, in incommunicado detention at the Anti-Terror Branch of Istanbul
Police Headquarters, is reported to be in a very bad state of health due to
torture.
Another political prisoner, who between 12 and 18 January 1995 was under
interrogation at Istanbul Police Headquarters and who is now in Sa_malc_lar
Prison, reported that he saw Turabi Ki_in at the Police Headquarters: "He was
being badly tortured. He could not use either arms or hands. He could only
go to the toilet with our assistance."
Turabi Ki_in, from Dall_tepe near Bingöl, has been detained three times
previously. He is reported to have been in hospital for several months after
his most recent detention and subsequent imprisonment, due to torture. After
his release he moved to Istanbul. He was reportedly suffering from active
tuberculosis and severe rheumatism when he was detained for the fourth time,
in Istanbul, about two weeks ago. It is not yet known whether his detention
has been acknowledged by the prosecutor's office at Istanbul State Security
Court.
One of Turabi Ki_in's brothers, who had joined the guerrillas of the Kurdish
Workers' Party (PKK), was killed in fighting in 1992. As a consequence, the
family has been harassed and persecuted by the security forces on suspicion
of supporting the PKK. In 1994, another of his brothers who was going to school
in western Turkey was detained and taken back to Bingöl; his father was detained,
tortured and threatened that he would be killed if the family did not leave
their home village, Dall_tepe near Bingöl. The villagers had refused to join
the village guard militia and under pressure from the security forces many
have been forced to leave. Now only three families remain out of an original
38, one of them being Turabi Ki_in's father and the female members of his family.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
The conflict in southeast Turkey between government forces and guerrillas of
the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) has claimed more than 13,000 lives since it
began in August 1984. Police operations against suspected PKK supporters and
other Kurdish activists are being carried out all over Turkey. A state of
emergency remains in force in 10 provinces in the east and southeast.
Detainees taken into custody on suspicion of political offences may be held
without charge for up to 15 days. In the 10 provinces under emergency legislation
the maximum detention period for political detainees may be doubled to 30 days.
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. 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.
The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (ECPT) of the Council
of Europe, of which Turkey is a member, and the UN Committee against Torture
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(UN CAT) have both published reports to the effect that torture is widespread
and systematic in Turkey.
Procedures laid down in the Turkish Criminal Procedure Code for the prompt
and proper registration of detainees, and for notification of their families,
are almost universally ignored in the southeastern provinces and increasingly
disregarded in the rest of Turkey. Lack of proper registration and notification
is extremely distressing for families, and creates the conditions in which
"disappearances" and torture occur.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail
letters either in English or in your own language:
- expressing serious concern about the reported torture and ill-health of Turabi
Ki_in, held incommunicado at the Anti-Terror Branch of Istanbul Police
Headquarters;
- urging that he be given all medical attention he may require and that he
not be subjected to further torture or ill-treatment;
- appealing that he be granted prompt access to his lawyer;
- seeking information as to possible charges.
APPEALS TO
1) Istanbul Chief of Police:
Mr Necdet Menzir
Istanbul Emniyet Müdürü
_stanbul, Turkey
Telegrams: Emniyet Muduru, Istanbul, Turkey
Telexes: 30811 IEHM TR; 30812 EMMH TR; 26177 IEMT TR
Salutation: Dear Sir
2) Chief Prosecutor at Istanbul State Security Court
Mr Ahmet Köksal
DGM Ba_savc_s_
Devlet Güvenlik Mahkemesi
Istanbul, Turkey
Telegrams: DGM Ba_savc_s_, _stanbul, Turkey
Salutation: Dear Sir
3) Deputy Prime Minister
Mr Murat Karayalç_n
Ba_bakanl_k
06573 Ankara, Turkey
Telegrams: Deputy Prime Minister, Ankara, Turkey
Telexes: 44061/44062/44063 bbmt tr; 42099 basb tr; 42875 bbk tr
Faxes: +90 312 417 0476 Deputy PRIME MINISTER; +90 312 230 8896
Salutation: Dear Deputy Prime Minister
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS 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
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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 20 February 1995.

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