Turkey: Dissident voices jailed again
Turkey is once again imprisoning people for the expression of their non-violent political opinions, including journalists, writers, politicians, trade unionists and human rights activists. This report describes cases of prisoners of conscience and shows the context of violent attacks on those who oppose the government's policy in the southeast, including arbitrary detention, alleged torture by police, extrajudicial executions and "disappearances". The following cases of prisoners of conscience are given: Omer Agin, Ahmet Zeki Okcuoglu, Mehdi Zana, Ayse Nur Zarakolu, Gunay Aslan, Munir Ceylan, Fikret Baskaya and Selim Okcuoglu, Haluk Gerger, Sedat Aslantas and Sakine Fidan: the Diyarbakir Democracy Platform. The PKK has also killed journalists, local politicians and civilians, and this paper includes the case of Bektas Avci held prisoner by the PKK.