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Turkey: Fear of torture / fear of "disappearance": Abdulbaki Isik

, Index number: EUR 44/129/1995

The above has not been seen since 28 October 1995 when plainclothes police officers grabbed him in front of his sister's house and toook him away. Despite inquiries, Abdulbaki Isik's detention remains unacknowledged. AI fears that he is being interrogated under torture and he is at the risk of "disappearance".

EXTERNAL AI Index: EUR 44/129/95
EXTRA 138/95 Fear of torture / Fear of "disappearance" 10 November 1995
TURKEY Abdulbaki I_IK, aged 56
Abdulbaki I_ik has not been seen since 28 October 1995, when plainclothes police
officers came to his sister's home in the _ehitlik district of Diyarbak_r,
grabbed him in front of the house, and took him away. Despite his son's
inquiries to the authorities, Abdulbaki I_ik's detention remains
unacknowledged. Amnesty International fears that he is being interrogated
under torture and that he is at risk of "disappearance".
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
People suspected of offences under the Anti-Terror Law can be held in police
custody without access to family, friends or legal counsel for up to 30 days
in the 10 provinces under State of Emergency in the southeast and for 15 days
in the rest of Turkey. When not being interrogated, detainees are held in
cramped, airless and insanitary conditions. With no access to the outside world
they are at the mercy of their interrogators. Torture methods include being
stripped naked and blindfolded, hosing with pressurized ice-cold water, hanging
by the arms or wrists bound behind the victim's back, electric shocks, beating
the soles of the feet, death threats and sexual assault.
Procedures laid down in the Turkish Criminal Procedure Code for the prompt
and proper registration of detainees, and for notification of their families,
are almost universally ignored. Lack of prompt registration and notification
is extremely distressing for the families of detainees, and creates the
conditions in which "disappearances" and torture can occur.
Any person suspected of supporting the PKK or any other illegal armed
organization is at serious risk of torture, "disappearance" or extrajudicial
execution. In 1994 there were more than 55 confirmed "disappearances", and
more than 400 people were killed in unclarified circumstances. At least 20
cases of "disappearance" in police custody have been reported in 1995 so far,
two of them in Istanbul (see UA 82/95, EUR 44/46/95 and updates of 21 April
and 19 May 1995).
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/airmail
letters in English or your own language:
- expressing grave concern for the safety of Abdulbaki I_ik, detained in the
_ehitlik district of Diyarbak_r on 28 October, and held since in unacknowledged
detention;
- urging that his whereabouts be established without delay and his family be
informed accordingly;
- appealing that he not be subjected to torture or any other form of
ill-treatment.
APPEALS TO:
1)Interior Minister
Mr Teoman Ünisan
Ministry of Interior
_çi_leri Bakanl___
06644 Ankara, Turkey
Faxes: +90 312 418 1795
Telegrams: Interior Minister, Ankara, Turkey
2
Salutation: Dear Minister
2) Deputy Prime Minister
Mr Deniz Baykal
Office of the Prime Minister
Ba_bakanl_k
06573 Ankara, Turkey
Telexes: 44061/44062/44063 bbmt tr; 42099 basb tr
Faxes: +90 312 417 0476
Telegrams: Deputy Prime Minister, Ankara, Turkey
Salutation: Dear Deputy Prime Minister
3) State Minister with responsibility for Human Rights:
Mr Adnan Ekmen
Office of the Prime Minister
Ba_bakanl_k
06573 Ankara, Turkey
Faxes: +90 312 417 0476
Telegrams: Adnan Ekmen, Prime Minister's Office, Ankara, Turkey
Salutation: Dear Minister
COPIES TO:
President of the Parliamentary Human Rights Commission:
Mr Sabri Yavuz
_nsan Haklar_ Ara_t_rma Komisyonu Ba_kan_
TBMM
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 15 December 1995.

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