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Turkey: Further information on "disappearance" / medical concern and new concern: fear of torture: Huseyin Koku; and new names: Mustafa Yeter, Hanan Guner (f)

, N° d'index: EUR 44/020/1995

Police came to the home of Mustafa Yeter, board member of HADEP in Elbistan, and detained him and a female guest, Hanan Guner. They are thought to be held in Kahramanmaras. It is not known whether their detention there has been acknowledged. AI fears that they may be tortured in incommunicado detention. There has been no news of Huseyin Koku since he "disappeared" on 20 October 1994. There are grave fears for his life.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: EUR 44/20/95
Distr: UA/SC
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
of ill-treatment;
- 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
without delay;
- asking to be informed of any charges brought against them.
1) President Süleyman Demirel
Office of the President
Cumhur Ba_kanl___
06100 Ankara
Telegrams: President Demirel, Ankara, Turkey
Salutation: Your Excellency
2) Deputy Prime Minister
Mr Murat Karayalç_n
06573 Ankara, Turkey
Telegrams: Prime Minister, Ankara, Turkey
Telexes: 44061/44062/44063 bbmt tr; 42099 basb tr; 42875 bbk tr
Faxes: +90 312 417 04 76 DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER
Salutation: Dear Deputy Prime Minister
3) K.Mara_ Public Prosecutor:
Cumhuriyet Savc_s_
K.Mara_ Savc_l___
Kahramanmara_, Turkey
Telegrams: Cumhuriyet Savciligi, Kahramanmaras, Turkey
Salutation: Dear Sir
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 10 March 1995.

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