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UA 136/94 - Turkey: "disappearance": Necati Aydin, Mehmet Ay

, Index number: EUR 44/024/1994

There is concern for the safety of Necati Aydin, President of "Tum Saglik-Sen" (Health Workers Trade Union), and Mehmet Ay, who "disappeared" in Diyarbakir following their detention by police on 18 March 1994. They were detained at the home of Mehmet Ay's elder brother, together with eight other relatives who were released four days later. On 25 March the prosecutor at the State Security Court in Diyarbakir confirmed that they were still in custody. However on 4 April lawyers informed Mehmet Ay's elder brother that they had seen the two men in court. When he then approached the chief prosecutor, he was informed that they had been released. However they were neither seen by those waiting for them outside the court, nor have their relatives been able to obtain information as to their whereabouts.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: EUR 44/24/94
Distr: UA/SC
UA 136/94 "Disappearance" 6 April 1994
TURKEY Necati Ayd_n
Mehmet Ay
Amnesty International is concerned for the safety of Necati Ayd_n and Mehmet
Ay, who "disappeared" in Diyarbak_r following their detention on 18 March 1994.
On 18 March 1994, Necati Ayd_n and Mehmet Ay were detained at the home of Mehmet
Ay's elder brother in Diyarbak_r, together with eight other relatives. The
relatives were released four days later. On 25 March, the prosecutor at the
State Security Court in Diyarbak_r confirmed that Necati Ayd_n and Mehmet Ay
were still in custody.
On 4 April, lawyers reported that they had seen the two detainees in court.
They informed the elder brother of Mehmet Ay who sent, through his lawyer,
a petition to the chief prosecutor at Diyarbak_r State Security Court asking
whether the detainees had been formally arrested or were still held in police
custody. The chief prosecutor replied that they had been released by decision
of the prosecutor. However, they were neither seen by those waiting for them
outside the court nor have the relatives been able to obtain any information
as to their whereabouts.
Amnesty International has noted a serious increase in "disappearances" in Turkey
in past months, and is concerned for the lives of Necati Ayd_n and Mehmet Ay.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
During 1993 and and the first three months of 1994 there has been a striking
increase in reports of "disappearances" particularly in the southeastern
provinces. In Istanbul the sixth "disappearance" in 12 months occurred in
February.
In southeast Turkey, where a State of Emergency is in force, police and
gendarmerie (soldiers carrying out police duties in rural areas) have the right
to hold people incommunicado for a month if they are suspected of having
committed a political offence. The detainee has no right to see a lawyer,
family, friends or a doctor. 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 cities in the rest
of Turkey. Lack of proper registration and notification is not only extremely
distressing for families, but it creates the conditions in which
"disappearances" can occur. Amnesty International fears that the practice
of "disappearance", like that of extrajudicial execution, will become
established as a tool of intimidation and elimination.
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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 Necati Ayd_n and Mehmet Ay who
"disappeared" following their detention in Diyarbak_r on 18 March 1994;
- urging that immediate steps be taken to establish their whereabouts;
- asking that urgent measures be taken to stem the serious increase in
"disappearances" of which there were at least 26 reports in 1993.
APPEALS TO:
1) Minister of the Interior:
Mr Nahit Mente_e
_çi_leri Bakanl___
06644 Ankara, Turkey
Telegrams: Interior Minister, Ankara, Turkey
Faxes: +90 312 428 4346
Salutation: Dear Minister
2) Prime Minister:
Mrs Tansu Çiller
Ba_bakanl_k
06573 Ankara, Turkey
Telegrams: Prime Minister, Ankara, Turkey
Telexes: 44061/44062/44063 bbmt tr
42099 basb tr
42875 bbk tr
Faxes: +90 312 417 04 76 PRIME MINISTER
+90 312 230 88 96 (attn: Prime Minister)
Salutation: Dear Prime Minister
3) Emergency Legislation Governor:
Mr Ünal Erkan
Ola_anüstü Hal Valisi
Diyarbak_r, Turkey
Telegrams: Olaganustu Hal Valisi, Diyarbakir, Turkey
Telexes: 72110 OHVT TR
72084 DYVA TR marked "please forward to the Governor"
72090 JASY TR
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
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 18 May 1994.

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