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Turkey: Further information on possible extrajudicial executions / fear for safety: Mehmet Salih Sabuttekin, Rebih Cabuk, Sefer Cerf and Haci Sait Macir - all killed; Samet Yaman, Masallah Kasaphan, Hakki Kuru, Abdurrahman Yakut, Sehmuz Ozgun, Mehmet Turm

, Index number: EUR 44/040/1995

There is serious concern for the safety of Ahmet Karatekin, HADEP board member in Seyhan, who has been targeted for police harassment, including repeated detention, insults, threats and ill-treatment, since the beginning of 1995. AI is concerned that he may be at risk of extrajudicial execution, as in the cases of other HADEP officials in Adana who suffered similar harassment before being killed.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: EUR 44/40/95
Distr: UA/SC
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
for safety
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
1994 more than 100 officials and members of HADEP and its predecessors HEP
and DEP (both closed by the Constitutional Court for "separatism") had been
killed. This year there have been further killings. In January two HADEP
officials were shot dead in Batman by unidentified gunmen. Zeki Atl__ was killed
on 17 January, and Vasif Çetin on 30 January.
Commenting on the increasing killings of his party members HADEP chairmen,
Murat Bozlak stated on 3 February: "If the offenses do not stop, we will ask
help from the international community."
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail
letters either in English or in your own language:
- expressing grave concern for the safety of Ahmet Karatekin, who is being
subjected police harassment similar to that experienced by other HADEP officials
in Adana [named above] who were later killed;
- urging that all necessary steps are taken to prevent further political killings
of HADEP members and officials.
1) President Süleyman Demirel
Office of the President
Cumhur Ba_kanl___
06100 Ankara
Telegrams: President Demirel, Ankara
Telex: 42303 kosk tr
Faxes: +90 312 468 50 12 (via Press Office)
Salutation: Your Excellency
2) Minister of Interior
Mr Nahit Mente_e
_çi_leri Bakanl___
06644 Ankara
Telegrams: Interior Minister, Ankara, Turkey
Faxes: +90 312 418 1066
418 1795
Salutation: Dear Minister
3) State Minister with responsibility for Human Rights:
Mr Azimet Köylüo_lu
Office of the Prime Minister
06573 Ankara, Turkey
Faxes: +90 312 417 0476
Salutation: Dear Minister
President of the Parliamentary Human Rights Commission:
Mr Sabri Yavuz
_nsan Haklar_ Ara_t_rma Komisyonu Ba_kan_
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 24 April 1995.

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