PUBLIC AI Index: EUR 44/22/99
4 March 1999
Further information on EXTRA 27/99 (EUR 44/19/99, 25 February 1999) and
follow-up (EUR 44/21/99, 26 February 1999) - Death threats / Fear for safety
TURKEYOsman Baydemir, President of the Diyarbak_r Human Rights Association (HRA)
branch (closed down)
Eren Keskin (f), President of the Istanbul HRA branch _aban Dayanan, member
of Istanbul HRA branch
Gülay Kazak (f), member of Istanbul HRA branch
Kadriye Do_ru (f), member of Istanbul HRA branch
Do_an Genç, member of Istanbul HRA branch
Günay Kele_ (f), member of Ankara HRA branch
and all branches of the Turkish Human Rights Association
Osman Baydemir was released on 27 February 1999 after giving a statement to
the public prosecutor. Amnesty International has no details at present of the
charges against him.
He was arrested on 26 February as he was making his way to a press conference
being given by the 15 lawyers, of whom he is one, who are acting as defence
counsel for Abdullah Öcalan, leader of the illegal Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK).
His arrest was apparently in connection with a statement he had made some weeks
As the threats against the Turkish Human Rights Association (HRA) appear to
have eased, no further action is required by the Urgent Action network at
present. Many thanks to all who sent appeals.