"Islami Cihad-B (Islami Yumruk) will continue the struggle with these hypocrites
as it has done in the past in K_z_ltepe, Nusaybin, Batman and Diyarbak_r [scene of
a continuing series of killings believed to be extrajudicial executions], with the
permission of Almighty God.
"The killing of such persons is proper.
"Oh Muslims, the blood of correspondents and writers of Yeni Ülke, Özgür Halk, Newroz,
Deng, Ikibin'e Do_ru is yours to spill.
"The highest worship is to combat these wretched hypocrites, sons of the infidel.
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"Show the fighters of the Fist of Islam the path to these people whom you know.
"In unity and brotherhood on the path of Allah, let us continue to destroy these
hypocrites, with the permission of Allah.
"- death to Apo, the spawn of infidel Nimrod.
"- death to the hypocrites of Apo.
"- the love of Allah is the source of our struggle.
"Muslims, we swear in the name of Allah that
"the whore Leyla Zana [thereafter 27 names as listed above]
"will be slaughtered in the name of Allah."
A British human rights delegation reported a death threat made by Colonel Yediy_ld_z,
the Diyarbak_r Gendarmerie Commander, on 18 April 1992 against the woman MP Leyla
Zana in Tepe near Bismil. The delegation and also the Diyarbak_r Police Chief, Ramazan
Er, and the MP for Cizre, Orhan Do_an, were present when the threat was made. Col
Yediy_ld_z reportedly told Leyla Zana:
"You are my enemy. I will only be satisfied when I have spilt your blood. Even if
I killed you and drank your blood, I still would not be content. I am going to kill
you, but first I am going to discredit you."
On 5 May, at 2 o'clock in the morning, a large number of security personnel accompanied
by armoured vehicles came to the house of Sekvan Aytu, president of the Human Rights
Association (IHD) in __rnak, asking for him. However, he was away on a trip. In his
function as local IHD president he usually is easily accessible during the day in
his office. Several victims of extrajudicial executions have been taken from their
homes late in the night in a similar fashion.
In view of the continuing series of mysterious killings in the southeast, often after
the abduction and torture of the victim, Amnesty International is deeply concerned
about the safety of all those named above, but in particular of Leyla Zana.
More than 50 killings and a number of "disappearances" have occurred in southeast
Turkey during the past year in which involvement of the security forces has been
alleged. The main targets have been local politicians (in particular members of the
People's Labour Party (HEP) perceived to represent the Kurdish minority; the
independent MPs named above are all members of HEP), local representatives of the
Human Rights Association (IHD), journalists investigating human rights abuses, and