PUBLIC AI Index: EUR 44/031/2002
UA 179/02 Risk of torture & ill-treatment/ fear for safety 13 June 2002
TURKEYBayram Bozyel (m), Deputy Chairman of HAK-PAR
Mehmet Eren (m), Board member of Diyarbak_r branch of HAK-PAR
Kemal Aras (m), Board member of Diyarbak_r branch of HAK-PAR
+ 17 other individuals at least 12 of whom are HAK-PAR members
Twenty people have been detained in Diyarbak_r, southeast Turkey, and may be
at risk of torture and ill-treatment.
At least 15 of them are members of the legal pro-Kurdish Rights and Freedoms
Party (HAK-PAR), including the party’s deputy chairman. They were detained
during police raids on their homes in Diyarbak_r at around 1am on 12 June.
The police reportedly confiscated a large number of books and notes.
The detainees are being held at the Anti-Terror Branch of Police Headquarters
HAK-PAR was officially formed in February 2002. Other legal pro-Kurdish
political parties have been placed under serious pressure. The authorities
are now going through the courts in an attempt to ban another party, HADEP,
which is the successor to two previous parties which were closed down for
“separatism”. In the past year Amnesty International has received numerous
reports of HADEP representatives being arrested, in Diyarbak_r and elsewhere
(see EXTRA 65/01, EUR 44/066/2001, 17 September 2001; UA 280/01, EUR
44/079/2001; and UA 57/02, EUR 44/014/2002, 21 February 2002).
Torture appears to be regularly used in police stations to force prisoners
to confess, or give up information about illegal organizations. It is also
used to intimidate detainees into becoming police informers, or simply to punish
people who are believed to support illegal organizations. Torture methods in
Turkey documented by Amnesty International include severe beatings, being
stripped naked and blindfolded, hosing with pressurized ice-cold water,
suspending by the arms or wrists bound behind the victim's back, electric shocks,
beating the soles of the feet, death threats and sexual assault.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals to arrive as quickly as possible, in
English or your own language:
- expressing concern for the safety of Bayram Bozyel, Mehmet Eren, Kemal Aras
and 17 others detained at the Anti-Terror Branch of Diyarbak_r Police
Headquarters, and asking the authorities to ensure that they are not tortured
or ill-treated in police custody;
- urging them to ensure that all 20 are given immediate access to lawyers,
brought promptly before a judge and either charged with a recognizably criminal
offence or released immediately;
- reminding the government of its obligations as a state party to the European
Convention on Human Rights, which says that "No one shall be subjected to torture
or to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment".
Minister of the Interior
Mr Rüstü Kazim Yücelen
Ministry of Interior
06644 Ankara, Turkey