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Turkey: Prisoner of conscience / fear of arrest as POC

, Index number: EUR 44/132/1996

Akin Birdal, President of Turkish Human Rights Association; Mehmet Ihsan Arslan, vice-President of Mazlum-Der (human rights organization): Amnesty International is deeply concerned about the detention of Akin Birdal, by plainclothes police on 2 September 1996, in connection with a failed humanitarian mission to Northern Iraq to secure the release of Turkish soldiers held by armed opposition group (PKK). Amnesty International considers he is a prisoner of concience and fears that another delegate to Northern Iraq, Mehmet Ihsan Arslan, may be arrested as a prisoner of conscience.

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