EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: EUR 44/40/95
13 March 1995
Further information on UA 374/94 (EUR 44/116/94, 11 October 1994) and follow-up
(EUR 44/10/95, 12 January 1995) - Possible extrajudicial executions / Fear
TURKEY: Killed: Mehmet Salih Sabuttekin, HADEP official in Yüre_ir
Rebih Çabuk, HADEP president in Yüre_ir, father of five
Sefer Cerf, HADEP Yüre_ir board member, father of eight
Hac_ Sait Macir, HADEP member in Yüre_ir
At risk: Samet Yaman, HADEP president in Adana
Ma_allah Kasaphan, HADEP board member in Adana
Hakk_ Kuru, HADEP board member in Seyhan
Abdurrahman Yakut, former HADEP president in Yüre_ir
_ehmuz Özgün, HADEP board member in Seyhan
Mehmet Turmu_, HADEP board member in Seyhan
new name: Ahmet Karatekin, HADEP board member in Seyhan
There is serious concern for the safety of Ahmet Karatekin, who has been
subjected to police harassment, including repeated detention, insults, threats
and ill-treatment, since the beginning of this year. Other HADEP officials
in Adana have been subjected to similar harassment before being attacked and
Ahmet Karatekin was detained on 16 February 1995. Reportedly members of the
Anti-Terror Branch of Adana Police Headquarters came to his shop in the Hürriyet
district of Adana at about 9pm. They insulted him and threatened him for having
sold the pro-Kurdish newspaper Özgür Ülke and similar publications, claiming
that sale of these newspapers was forbidden. In fact, Özgür Ülke (New Land)
was an authorized publication until its closure in February this year.
After his arrest Ahmet Karatekin was taken to the police headquarters in Adana
where he was kept until the next morning. Ahmet Karatekin stated: "I found
eight persons from my neighbourhood also being held there. For three hours
they [the police] beat us severely. They hit my head against the walls."
After he was released Ahmet Karatekin went to the State Prosecutor's Office
in Adana where he gave a written complaint about the ill-treatment he had been
subjected to, and requested to be examined by a forensic physician. The report
of the Adana Forensic Medicine Office from 17 February 1995 describes injuries
on the front of his left shin.
On 5 March 1995 Ahmet Karatekin was one of five members of the local branch
of HADEP in the Seyhan district of Adana who were taken into police custody.
Two of the five were released the same day, but Ahmet Karatekin, together with
Hakk_ Kuru and _ehmuz Özgün were held overnight. There is serious concern
particularly for the safety of Hakki Kuru, _ehmuz Özgün and Ahmet Karatekin,
who continue to receive frequent death threats by telephone.
Officials and members of HADEP continue to face grave risks. By the end of