EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: EUR 44/20/95
26 January 1995
Further information on UA 391/94 (EUR 44/128/94, 1 November 1994) -
"Disappearance" / Medical Concern and new concern: Fear of torture
TURKEY Hüseyin Koku, President of HADEP party in Elbistan
new name: Mustafa Yeter, board member of HADEP party in Elbistan
Hanan Güner (f)
At 4am on 18 January 1995, police came to the home of Mustafa Yeter in Elbistan
and detained him and Hanan Güner, a guest at his home. According to relatives,
they were transferred to Kahramanmara_. It is not known whether their detention
there has been acknowledged by the prosecutor's office or exactly where they
are being held. It is feared that they are being interrogated under torture.
In spite of numerous petitions by his family and lawyers, no news of Hüseyin
Koku has been received since his "disappearance" in Elbistan on 20 October
1994. There is grave fear for his life.
HADEP (Peoples Democracy Party) is the successor to HEP (People's Labour Party)
and DEP (Democracy Party) which were both closed down by the Constitutional
Court for "separatism". Like HEP and DEP, HADEP has a predominantly Kurdish
membership and works for the civil and political rights of the Kurdish minority.
More than 100 officials and members of HEP/DEP/HADEP have been killed in the
past three years, including a member of parliament.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail
letters either in English or in your own language:
- expressing concern for the safety of Mustafa Yeter and Hanan Güner, detained
in Elbistan on 18 January 1995 and believed to be held in Kahramanmara_;
- seeking assurances that they are not subjected to torture or any other form
- reiterating your concern for the health and safety of Hüseyin Koku, president
of HADEP in Elbistan, who has been "disappeared" in unacknowledged detention
since 20 October 1994;
- urging that immediate steps be taken to establish the whereabouts and state
of health of all three detainees and that their families and lawyers be informed
- asking to be informed of any charges brought against them.
1) President Süleyman Demirel
Office of the President
Telegrams: President Demirel, Ankara, Turkey
Salutation: Your Excellency
2) Deputy Prime Minister
Mr Murat Karayalç_n