UA: 175/10 Index: EUR 44/018/2010 Turkey Date: 12 August 2010
CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR DETAINED
İnan S. has been held in a military prison in Istanbul, Turkey, since 5 August, under arrest for
'desertion' from military service. He officially declared his conscientious objection last year.
İnan S. was arrested at his house in Istanbul, on 5 August after giving his address to officials in order to renew his
identity card. He was arrested on the basis of an outstanding arrest warrant for ‘desertion’ from military service. He
is currently held in Kasımpaşa Military Prison in Istanbul. Amnesty International considers İnan S. to be a prisoner
of conscience. Given the pattern of ill-treatment of conscientious objectors in military custody in Turkey, Amnesty
International is concerned that İnan S. is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.
In the next days, İnan S. is expected to be transferred to İzmir, in order to appear in front of the İzmir Aegean Armed
Forces Command Court on the charge of “desertion”. The prosecution comes despite İnan S. stating to the military
authorities that he is a conscientious objector.
İnan S. began his military service in June 2001. In September that year, he left the military unit in İzmir he was
stationed in and did not return. Since 2001, he has been convicted at least three times of ‘desertion’ and served
time in military prison. İnan S. reported that while serving one prison sentence for desertion at the Şirinyer Military
Prison in İzmir he was repeatedly severely beaten by prison guards. He has an outstanding sentence of 35 months
from three previous convictions for ‘desertion’. The latest arrest is for a fourth count of ‘desertion’ from 2007.
İnan S. declared his conscientious objection in a letter to the military authorities in 2009, in which he explained
that for reasons of profound conviction, he refused to perform military service. He had not declared his
conscientious objection before that time, because he was not aware that the right to conscientious objection was
PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in Turkish or your own language:
calling on the authorities to release İnan S. immediately and unconditionally;
urging the authorities to ensure that İnan S. is not tortured or otherwise ill-treated;
reminding them that Turkey is a state party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and is
therefore obliged to recognize the right to conscientious objection.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 22 SEPTEMBER 2010 TO:
Ministry of National Defence
Minister of National Defence
Milli Savunma Bakanligi
06100 Ankara, Turkey
Fax: +90 312 418 4737
Salutation: Dear Minister
Military Prison Commander
Kuzey Deniz Saha Komutanlığı
Kasımpaşa Askeri Cezaevi
Salutation: Dear Commander
And copies to:
Parliamentary Commission on Human
Mehmet Zafer Uskul,
TBMM Insan Haklarini Inceleme
Bakanliklar, 06543 Ankara, Turkey
Fax: +90 312 420 53 94
Salutation: Dear Mr Uskul
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date.