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Medical letter writing action: Turkey: human rights and the medical profession in the southeast

, Index number: EUR 44/017/1993

This report describes AI's concerns about pressures placed on health personnel in southeast Turkey, where government forces and the armed Kurdish opposition are in conflict. The Turkish Medical Association has documented pressures placed on doctors in the region, including pressure from the authorities to produce false medical reports in cases of torture and suspicious deaths. Doctors in the area have themselves suffered human rights violations. The following were arrested or killed in 1992: Dr A Samet Menguc, Dr M Veysi Ulgen, Dr Zeki Budak, Dr Cemalletin Alicioglu, Dr N Serdar Necmioglu, Dr Racit Yuce, Dr Ilhan Diken (all arrested); Dr Oktay Turkmen, killed on 2 February; Dr M Emin Ayhan, killed on 10 June.

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