EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: EUR 44/57/95
1 May 1995
Further information (8) on UA 450/94 (EUR 44/157/94, 22 December 1994) and
follow-ups (EUR 44/04/95, 6 January 1995; EUR 44/12/95, 13 January; EUR
44/27/95, 6 February; EUR 44/38/95, 1 March 1995; EUR 44/39/95; 10 March; EUR
44/39/95, 20 April; EUR 44/56/95, 27 April) - Prisoners of Conscience
TURKEY:Mahmut _akar, secretary of Diyabak_r branch of the Turkish Human Rights
Nimetullah Gündüz, lawyer, board member of Diyarbak_r HRA
Abdullah Ça_er, lawyer, board member of Diyarbak_r HRA
Melike Alp (f), board member of Diyarbak_r HRA
Sinan Tanr_kulu, lawyer, member of Diyarbak_r HRA
F_rat Anl_, lawyer, member of Diyarbak_r HRA
Hanifi _s_k, teacher, member of Diyarbak_r HRA
Servet Ayhan, lawyer, member of Diyarbak_r HRA
At a hearing in Diyarbak_r State Security Court on 1 May 1995, Sinan Tanr_kulu,
F_rat Anl_, Hanifi ___k and Servet Ayhan were released on the recommendation
of the State Security Court Prosecutor. All incriminating statements given
in court at the hearing were reportedly withdrawn on the grounds that they
had been extracted under torture or threat of torture in police custody.
Congratulations to all those who participated in this action. Please send
no more appeals. Amnesty International will continue to monitor this case.
On 26 April, Amnesty International received the following message from the
lawyer Mahmut _akar, released on 17 April:
"We were imprisoned for more than four months in connection with a report we
had prepared following research into human rights violations in our region.
Our trial for this book continues.
During this time, news of your efforts could not overcome the stone walls of
the prison and reach us directly. Nevertheless, through various channels, we
learned of your actions. In the conditions under which we were living, the
support you showed for us meant a great deal, and became an important
psychological strength in meeting the various difficulties in the course of
The land where people, regardless of their language, religion, colour, beliefs
and thoughts, may live lives of freedom and equality without oppression and
tyranny, is a land for which humanity has struggled for centuries, paying many
heavy costs. In our blue planet, at the end of the twentieth century, medieval
atrocities are still being suffered. But humanity has always continued to
show its beautiful, good, honourable and progressive aspect. In spite of the
distance and the differences between us, we stand together for this aspect
of humanity. It is what we share.
We greet you with affection and respect in the name of all our friends here,
and wish you success in your work."