There are reports that some of the detainees may have been taken to Kayseri.
According to press reports seven armed members of DHKP-C were killed in an
armed clash with security forces in the province of Sivas on 30 January 1996,
including a leading member of the organization. The illegal armed organization
DHKP-C (Revolutionary People's Liberation Party - Front, formerly called
Devrimci Sol) has accepted responsibility for dozens of political killings,
including those of high ranking military and security personnel.
Also, the PKK (Kurdish Workers' Party) has been fighting Turkish security forces
since 1984 in an intense conflict in which more than 18,000 people have been
killed, including civilians. Any person suspected of supporting the PKK or
any other illegal armed organization is at serious risk of torture,
"disappearance" or extrajudicial execution. At least 35 cases of
"disappearance" in police custody have been reported in 1995.
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. Lack of prompt registration and notification
is extremely distressing for the families of detainees, and creates the
conditions in which "disappearances" and torture can occur.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/airmail
letters in English or your own language:
- expressing grave concern for the safety of the above mentioned villagers,
detained in the province of Sivas between 25 and 28 January 1996 and since
held in unacknowledged detention;
- urging that an immediate investigation be carried out to establish their
whereabouts and that their families be informed of the outcome;
- appealing that they are not subjected to torture or any other form of
- requesting to be informed of the results of the investigation.
1. Sivas Chief Prosecutor:
Telegrams: Cumhuriyet Savcisi, Sivas, Turkey
Salutation: Dear Sir
2. Governor of Sivas province:
Mr Ayd_n Güçlü
Telegrams: Valili_i, Sivas, Turkey
Salutation: Dear Governor
3. Chief Prosecutor at Kayseri State Security Court: