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EXTRA 22/93 - Turkey: fear of torture: Hamit Eldemir

, Index number: EUR 44/021/1993

Hamit Eldemir, a musician aged 24, was detained on 28 February 1993 when police raided a wedding in the Daglioglu quarter of Adana in south Turkey. He has been detained incommunicado since then, presumably at Adana Police Headquarters. His family have been unable to find out where and why he is being detained. AI fears that he may be tortured in detention.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: EUR 44/21/93
Distr: UA/SC
EXTRA 22/93 Fear of Torture 4 March 1993
TURKEY: Hamit Eldemir, aged 24, musician
Amnesty International is concerned for the safety of Hamit Eldemir who is being
held incommunicado in Adana.
On 28 February 1993, the police raided a wedding in the Da_l_o_lu quarter of
Adana, a city in the south of Turkey. They detained the musician Hamit Eldemir
who has since been held in incommunicado detention, presumably at Adana Police
Headquarters. The reason for his detention is not known. All attempts by his
family to learn where and why he is being held have so far been unsuccessful.
It is feared that Hamit Eldemir may be subjected to torture while being held
incommunicado.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
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. New legislation
to shorten the maximum detention period came into force on 1 December 1992.
Now the normal maximum period of 24 hours, for which a non-political detainee
may be held before being formally charged or released, may be extended to eight
days in cases of ordinary crimes involving three or more suspects. Detainees
held on suspicion of political offences to be tried in State Security Courts
may be held without charge for 15 days. This period may be extended to 30 days
in provinces under emergency legislation or martial law. Emergency legislation
is currently in force in 10 provinces, but not in Adana.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail
letters either in English or in your own language:
- expressing concern for the safety of Hamit Eldemir who has been held in
incommunicado police detention in Adana since 28 February 1993;
- seeking assurances that he is not subjected to torture or any other form
of ill-treatment;
- asking to be informed of any charges brought against him.
APPEALS TO
1) Minister of the Interior:
Mr _smet Sezgin
_çi_leri Bakanl___
06644 Ankara, Turkey
Telegrams: Interior Minister, Ankara, Turkey
Telexes: 46369 ICSL TR
Faxes: + 90 4 418 1795
Salutation: Dear Minister
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2) Governor of Adana province:
Mr Bekir Aksoy
Adana Valili_i
Adana, Turkey
Telegrams: Adana Valiligi, Adana, Turkey
Salutation: Dear Governor
COPIES TO:
President of the Parliamentary Human Rights Commission:
Mr Sabri Yavuz
_nsan Haklar_ Ara_t_rma Komisyonu Ba_kan_
TBMM
Ankara, Turkey
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 16 March 1993.

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