EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: EUR 44/80/94
11 August 1994
Further information on UA 197/94 (EUR 44/40/94, 20 May 1994) - Prisoner of
Conscience / Medical Concern
TURKEY Mehdi Zana, 54, former mayor of Diyarbak_r
Mehdi Zana remains in Ankara Central Closed Prison from where he sent the
following message to Amnesty International:
"I have been meaning to write to you for a long time, but events have not given
me an opportunity. I am receiving letters from all over the world from Amnesty
members... I can see that you have been working very hard, so many, many thanks
to you individually and to all the other friends."
"I'm staying here with the Kurdish parliamentarians, our cell is awful, there
are six of us in a 12 metre square room. The exercise ground is 3 by 8 metres.
We can only walk about in a line, and just think if the other two members
of parliament come... "
"On the 25 June 1994 a raid was organized on the political wing of the prison...
The raid was carried out by the special forces from outside the prison. All
the furniture and anything printed they tore up and threw out, and they took
away all written texts. As you will understand, everyone was in a state.
At any hour, every night, anything can happen."
Amnesty International considers Mehdi Zana to be a prisoner of conscience and
continues to call for his immediate and unconditional release. For the time
being, however, no further action by the Urgent Action Network is requested.
Thank you to all who sent appeals on behalf of Mehdi Zana.