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EXTRA 71/92 - Turkey: fear of torture: Fatma Gulten Sesen, owner, Mucadele newspaper and president of Istanbul branch of TAYAD, Sultan Celik, Ufuk Demirkaya, Solmaz Dartan, Sirin Celik, Gulay, Turan, Yasar (surnames unknown)

, Index number: EUR 44/079/1992

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: EUR 44/79/92
Distr: UA/SC
EXTRA 71/92 Fear of torture 24 August 1992
TURKEY: Fatma Gülten _e_en (female), owner of Mücadele newspaper
and President of the Istanbul Branch of TAYAD
Sultan Çelik (female)
Ufuk Demirkaya
Solmaz Dartan
Sirin Çelik (female), daughter of Sultan Çelik
Gülay (surname unknown to Amnesty International)
Turan (surname unknown to Amnesty International)
Ya_ar (surname unknown to Amnesty International), member
of TAYAD in Malatya
On 24 August 1992, the people named above, all allegedly relatives of people
working with Özgür-Der (Association of Rights and Freedom) or TAYAD
(Prisoner's Families Solidarity Association), were detained between 4.30 and
5am, apparently without any reason being given, after police came to the village
of Karata_ near Adana. They were taken to Adana where they are being held at
Adana Police Headquarters. At about 9am the same day, two people who were
detained with the others, Zerrin Sar_, a lawyer and member of Istanbul Halk_n
Hukuk Burosu (a lawyers' association) and 70-year-old Kerime (whose surname
is not known to Amnesty International) were released. All those named above
remain in custody, where it is feared they may be interrogated under torture.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Turkey ratified the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture on 25
February 1988 and the UN Convention Against Torture on 2 August 1988. However,
all information available to Amnesty International indicates that torture is
still widespread and systematic in Turkey. Most allegations relate to
ill-treatment of detainees in police custody during their initial interrogation
when they are usually denied access to relatives or a lawyer. In August 1990,
the government derogated from Articles 5, 6, 8, 10, 11 and 13 of the European
Convention on Human Rights, all of which contain important safeguards for human
rights. Under current legislation the maximum period a detainee may be held
before being formally charged or released is 24 hours; in cases involving three
or more suspects or due to the 'nature of the crime' it may be extended to
15 days. This period may be doubled again in areas under emergency legislation
or martial law. Emergency legislation is currently in force in 10 provinces
in the southeast of Turkey.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail
letters either in English or in your own language:
- appealing that all the detainees named above may be allowed to see their
families and lawyers and that they are not subjected to any ill-treatment in
custody;
- asking to be informed of any charges which have been brought against them.
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APPEALS TO
1) Adana Chief of Police:
Mete Altan
Adana Emniyet Müdürü
Adana, Turkey
Telegrams: Emniyet Muduru, Adana, Turkey
Faxes: + 90 71 12 31 96
Salutation: Dear Sir
2) Minister of the Interior:
Mr _smet Sezgin
_çi_leri Bakanl___
06644 Ankara, Turkey
Telegrams: Interior Minister, Ankara, Turkey
Telexes: 46369 ICSL TR
Faxes: + 90 4 418 1795
Salutation: Dear Minister
3) Prime Minister:
Mr Süleyman Demirel
Office of the Prime Minister
Ba_bakanl_k
06573 Ankara, Turkey
Telegrams: Prime Minister, Ankara, Turkey
Telexes: 44061/44062/44063 bbmt tr; 42099 basb tr; 42875 bbk tr
Faxes: + 90 4 417 04 76; + 90 4 230 88 96
Salutation: Dear Prime Minister
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO: diplomatic representatives of Turkey accredited
to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Please check with the International
Secretariat, or your section office, if sending appeals after 24 September
1992.

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