of his eye as well as a series of heart attacks following the assault. He still requires
surgery to remove blood clots formed as a consequence of the attack. His shop was
reportedly destroyed. On 3 April he was arrested on charges of unlawful assembly and
demonstration, collective criminal damage, separatist propaganda and resisting arrest
and was sent from hospital to Elaz__ prison in a very poor state of health. The trial
in which he stands accused as one of 94 defendants, opened on 6 July in Diyarbak_r
State Security Court. After the hearing he and all imprisoned defendants were released
conditionally. The trial continues.
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While Yavuz Binbay was in prison, a police car reportedly smashed into his wife's
car and attempted to force it off the road. On the evening of 29 August, Yavuz Binbay's
car, parked in front of his house, was heavily damaged by acid and by being struck
with a hard object.
Although none of the 28 people named above has been killed, five journalists and local
correspondents working for the group of newspapers specifically mentioned in the
leaflet have been victims of mysterious attacks since it was issued. Four have been
killed by unidentified assailants and one survived, paralysed by a shot in the back
of his neck (see UA 258/92, EUR 44/70/92 of 6 August 1992, and UA 262/92, EUR 44/72/92
of 11 August 1992). No serious investigations into the killings appear to be taking
place and the Turkish Prime Minister is reported to have commented on their deaths
by saying, "Those killed were not real journalists. They were militants in the guise
of journalists. They kill each other".
Yavuz Binbay continues to receive death threats by telephone and there is grave concern
for his safety.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail
- expressing grave concern for the safety of human rights activist Yavuz Binbay in
view of continuing death threats;
- noting the fact that more than 100 people have been killed in the Kurdish provinces
this year in circumstances leading to allegations of extrajudicial execution and that
no serious investigations appear to have been carried out into these unsolved murders;
- recommending that an independent commission is established to investigate such
allegations according to the United Nations Principles on the Effective Prevention
and Investigation of Extra-Legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions;
- urging that all necessary steps are taken to prevent such further killings.
1) Minister of the Interior:
Mr _smet Sezgin
06644 Ankara, Turkey
Telegrams: Interior Minister, Ankara, Turkey
Telexes: 46369 ICSL TR
Faxes: + 90 4 418 1795
Salutation: Dear Minister
2) Prime Minister:
Mr Süleyman Demirel
Office of the Prime Minister
06573 Ankara, Turkey
Telegrams: Prime Minister, Ankara, Turkey