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Turkey: Further information on prisoners of conscience: Mahmut Sakar, Nimetullah Gunduz, Abdullah Cager, Sedat Aslantas, Mahmut Akkurt, Yavuz Onen, Fevzi Argun, Akin Birdal, Husnu Ondul; and new name: Melike Alp

, N° d'index: EUR 44/004/1995

Melike Alp, housewife and mother of three, was taken from her home on 30 December 1994 and committed to Diyarbakir Central Cloased Prison. She is a board member of the Diyarbakir branch of the Turkish Human Rights Association and as such is held responsible, like the others named above, for their recent report on human rights violations which was banned on 13 December 1994. AI considers her and the others to be prisoners of conscience. No trial has yet been opened against them.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: EUR 44/04/95
Distr: UA/SC
6 January 1995
Further information on UA 450/94 (EUR 44/157/94, 22 December 1994) - Prisoners
of Conscience
TURKEYMahmut _akar, lawyer, secretary of Diyarbakir branch of the Turkish Human
Rights Association (HRA)
Nimetullah Gündüz, lawyer, board member of Diyarbak_r HRA
Abdullah Ça_er, lawyer, board member of Diyarbak_r HRA
Sedat Aslanta_, lawyer, former president of Diyarbakir HRA
Mahmut Akkurt, lawyer, former president of Bal_kesir HRA
Yavuz Önen, President of Turkish Human Rights Foundation (TIHV)
Fevzi Argun, board member of TIHV
Ak_n Birdal, National President of the HRA
Hüsnü Öndül, lawyer, HRA General Secretary
new name: Melike Alp (f), board member of Diyarbak_r branch of HRA
Melike Alp, housewife and mother of three, was taken from her home on 30 December
1994 and committed to Diyarbak_r Central Closed Prison. She is a board member
of the Diyarbak_r branch of the Turkish Human Rights Association (HRA), and
as such is held responsible for the publication of the Diyarbak_r HRA's recent
report on human rights violations, like the three lawyers Mahmut _akar,
Nimetullah Gündüz and Abdullah Ça_er. The report, which to Amnesty
International's knowledge does not advocate violence, was banned by Diyarbak_r
State Security Court on 13 December 1994.
No trial has been opened yet against the four HRA officials whom Amnesty
International considers to be prisoners of conscience. Their imprisonment is
in violation of their right to freedom of expression, as safeguarded in Article
10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, to which Turkey is a State Party.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express and airmail letters
either in English or in your own language:
- calling for the immediate and unconditional release of the Turkish Human
Rights Association officials Melike Alp, Mahmut _akar, Nimetullah Gündüz, and
Abdullah Ça_er, who are currently held in Diyarbak_r Central Closed Prison
and in Diyarbak_r E-type Prison;
- stating that these human rights defenders are imprisoned for expressing their
non-violent opinions, and that they are therefore prisoners of conscience held
in violation of Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which
safeguards the right to freedom of expression;
- pointing out that Turkey is a State Party to the European Convention on Human
Rights;
- expressing concern at the increasing number of human rights activists
imprisoned (for example, Sedat Aslanta_ and Mahmut Akkurt), or threatened with
imprisonment (Yavuz Önen, Fevzi Argun, Ak_n Birdal and Hüsnü Öndül);
- asking that Article 8 of the Anti-Terror be repealed or amended as soon as
possible.
APPEALS TO
Please send appeals to one or more of the following, who are among those members
of parliament who have opposed reform of the Anti-Terror Law which might have
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halted the imprisonment of prisoners of conscience:
1. Necmettin Erbakan, leader of Refah (Welfare Party)
2. Mesut Y_lmaz, leader of ANAP (Motherland Party)
3. Alparslan Türke_, leader, MHP (Nationalist Action Party)
4. Baki Tu_, True Path Party (DYP)
5. Co_kun K_rca, True Path Party (DYP)
6. Ya_ar Topçu, True Path Party
7. Oltan Sungurlu, ANAP
Parliament address:
Türkiye Büyük Millet Meclisi
Ankara
Turkey
Faxes: +90 312 420 5165 or +90 312 420 6941
Telegrams: (MP's name), TBMM, Ankara, Turkey
Salutation: Dear Minister
Minister of Justice:
Mr Mehmet Mo_ultay
Adalet Bakanl___
06659 Ankara, Turkey
Telegrams: Justice Minister, Ankara, Turkey
Faxes: +90 312 417 3954
Salutation: Dear Minister
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
Newspapers:
Hürriyet
Bab_ali Cad. 15/17
Posta Kodu 34360
Ca_alo_lu-_stanbul, Turkey
Sabah (Morning)
Medya Plaza, Bas_n Ekspres Yolu,
34540 Güne_li, Istanbul, Turkey.
and to diplomatic representatives of Turkey accredited to your country.
You may also send copies of your appeals, and best wishes to the prisoners:
Mrs Melike Alp
Diyarbak_r Merkez Kapal_ Cezaevi, Diyarbak_r, Turkey
Av Mahmut _akar, Av Nimetullah Gündüz, Av Abdullah Ça_er
Diyarbak_r E-tipi Cezaevi, 31. Ko_u_, Diyarbak_r, Turkey.
Av Sedat Aslanta_
Ankara Merkez Kapal_ Cezaevi, Ankara, Turkey
Av Mahmut Akkurt
Kepsut Cezaevi, Kepsut, Bal_kesir, Turkey
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
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or your office, if sending appeals after 28 February 1995.

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