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Turkey: Further information on fear of torture / possible prisoners of conscience: Huseyin Umit, Sukru Calli; and new name: Abdulkerim Demirer

, Índice: EUR 44/070/1995

On 19 June 1995, the president of Hakkari Branch of the Turkish Human Rights Association, Abdulkerim Demirer, was arrested at his home. The other two men named above are still in incommunicado detention. AI fears that the three may be prisoners of conscience and may be at risk of torture or ill-treatment in incommunicado detention.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: EUR 44/70/95
Distr: UA/SC
19 June 1995
Further information on EXTRA 72/95 (EUR 44/69/95, 16 June 1995) - Fear of Torture
/ Possible prisoners of conscience
TURKEYHüseyin Ümit (note correct spelling), lawyer, secretary of Hakkari branch
of the Turkish Human Rights Association
_ükrü Çall_, former mayor of Hakkari
new name: Abdulkerim Demirer, lawyer, president of Hakkari branch
of the Turkish Human Rights
On 19 June 1995, the president of the Hakkari branch of the Turkish Human Rights
Association (HRA), Abdulkerim, Demirer was detained at his home. He is married
with three children. His daughter reported to Amnesty International that
police came at 3pm and surrounded the house. Two plainclothes policemen searched
the house for an hour. They confiscated several of Abdulkerim Demirel's books
and took him to Hakkari Police Headquarters.
Hüseyin Ümit and _ükrü Çall_, detained on 15 June, are still in custody.
Hakkari is under emergency legislation. Under the Turkish Criminal Procedure
Code detainees in this area may be held incommunicado for up to 30 days without
access in person or by telephone to their lawyer, family, or a medical
practitioner of their choice. Amnesty International believes that Abdulkerim
Demirer, Hüseyin Ümit and _ükrü Çall_ may be prisoners of conscience, and that
they may be at risk of ill-treatment or torture.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail
letters either in English or in your own language:
- urging that Abdulkerim Demirer, Hüseyin Umut and _ükrü Çall_ be immediately
released or brought before a judge;
- seeking assurances that they are not being subjected to any form of
- reiterating concern at the continuing detention of members of the Human Rights
Association, and calling for them to be allowed to carry out their
internationally recognized right to the peaceful defence of human rights without
fear of intimidation or arrest.
1. Hakkari Chief Prosecutor
Hakkari Cumhuriyet Ba_savc_s_
Mr Ali Aydemir
Hükümet Kona__
Telegrams: Hakkari Chief Prosecutor, Hakkari, Turkey
Salutation: Dear Sir
2. Deputy Prime Minister
Mr Hikmet Çetin
06573 Ankara, Turkey
Telegrams: Deputy Prime Minister, Ankara, Turkey
Telexes: 44061/44062/44063 bbmt tr; 42099 basb tr; 42875 bbk
Faxes: +90 312 417 04 76 DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER
Salutation: Dear Deputy Prime Minister
3. State Minister with responsibility for Human Rights:
Mr Algan Hacalo_lu
Office of the Prime Minister
06573 Ankara, Turkey
Faxes: +90 312 417 0476
Telegrams: Minister for Human Rights, Ankara, Turkey
Salutation: Dear Minister
President of the Parliamentary Human Rights Commission:
Mr Sabri Yavuz
_nsan Haklar_ Ara_t_rma Komisyonu Ba_kan_
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 19 July 1995.

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