EXTERNAL AI Index: EUR 44/154/96
UA 233/96 Fear of "disappearance" / Fear of
extrajudicial execution / Fear of torture 3 October 1996
Mehmet Emin Erçik
Mehmet Emin Sadak
Mehmet Emin Sadak (not same person as above)
..... Sultan (f) wife of Burhan Sultan's uncle
plus scores of other villagers from Özen village
Amnesty International is gravely concerned for the safety of the villagers
named above from Özen village (local name: Harabêtuwa) near Idil in the province
of __rnak, close to the border with Syria, who were detained around 30 September
1996 and taken to an undisclosed location, following an incident near the
On 28 September 1996 a military vehicle was reportedly blown up outside Özen
village, killing several soldiers. The security forces subsequently raided
the village and detained some 60 villagers. They ordered the village to be
evacuated by the evening of 2 October, otherwise it would be razed to the ground.
It is thought that the detained villagers may have been taken to military
barracks in Idil. Under emergency legislation in force in __rnak province they
can be held for up to 30 days.
Özen village, which at one time housed some 170 families, has repeatedly been
raided and searched by the security forces during the past five years. The
village had agreed to join the village guard system (villagers armed and paid
by the government to fight the PKK), but reportedly had handed back their weapons
some time ago for fear of reprisals from the PKK.
Fears for the villagers' safety are heightened by previous incidents where
detained villagers have "disappeared" without a trace or where the bodies of
some were found later, in some instances mutilated and bearing marks of torture
as in the case of Süleyman Seyhan (see update to EXTRA 142/95, 2 April 1996,
EUR 44/51/96). The six young people detained with Süleyman Seyhan have never
been found. Another case is that of the villagers of Alaca village near Kulp
in the province of Diyarbak_r (see background to UA 169/96, EUR 44/103/96,
4 July 1996).