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Turkey: Fear of "disappearance": Abdurrahman Celikbilek

, N° d'index: EUR 44/101/1996

AI is seriously concerned for the safety of the above, a 45-year-old active member of the People's Democracy Party, who was last seen in Diyarbakir on 24 June 1996 and has since been missing. His family believe that he has been detained by members of the security forces and fear for his life. Their inquiries with the Police Headquarters and the prosecutor's office have failed to establish his whereabouts. He was previously detained three times in 1994.

EXTERNAL AI Index: EUR 44/101/96
UA 164/96 Fear of "disappearance" 1 July 1996
TURKEYAbdurrahim Çelikbilek, aged 45
Amnesty International is seriously concerned for the safety of Abdurrahim
Çelikbilek who was last seen in Diyarbak_r on 24 June 1996 and has since been
missing. His family believe that he has been detained by members of the security
forces and fear for his life. Their inquiries with the Police Headquarters
and the prosecutor's office at the State Security Court in Diyarbak_r have
failed to establish his whereabouts.
On 24 June Abdurrahim Çelikbilek left his home in Diyarbak_r at 7am. At about
3pm he telephoned his wife mentioning that he was with friends in a coffee-house.
His friends later told the family that he had left on his own.
Abdurrahim Çelikbilek, who is an active member of the People's Democracy Party
(HADEP), was previously detained three times during the summer of 1994. On
one occasion he was held for 10 days, the other times for one day each. He
alleged that he was tortured in detention. Out of custody, he reported that
he was constantly being followed by the police.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Abdurrahim Çelikbilek's brother, Abdulkadir Çelikbilek, was abducted on 14
December 1994 from a tea-garden in the Yeni_ehir quarter of Diyarbak_r by
unidentified men who forced him into a car. A relative described how his body
was found a week later near a graveyard in Diyarbak_r on 21 December: "The
body was on a garbage can next to the Mardin Kap_ graveyard. There were marks
of torture all over it. The skin on the feet had been torn off with pliers.
The arms, legs and head were swollen with red swellings. The whole body was
black. There was a mark on the neck. (I asked about this at the morgue and
the doctor said that after he had been killed something had been tied round
his neck and he had been dragged). After they had shown me the body they put
me back in the car and we went to Abdulkadir's house. On the pretext of searching
it they really wrecked it. Later they were told over the radio that the prosecutor
had arrived at the body. In order to be there, they gave up searching half
way and we went again to the body. The prosecutor didn't ask me anything. He
only confirmed the place where the body had been found and it was taken to
the morgue. I was also put into a police car and we went straight to the morgue.
The policeman in the car said to me 'All the villagers from Tepecik are going
to die in the streets like this'".
Amnesty International wrote to the Turkish government regarding the case in
April 1995 and never received a reply. Abdurrahim Çelikbilek submitted an
application for investigation of this case to the European Commission on Human
Rights in Strasbourg.
On 14 February 1996 Abdurrahim Çelikbilek's son was reportedly killed in a
clash between soldiers and the PKK (Kurdish Workers' Party).
The Peoples' Democracy Party (HADEP), is a political party with a largely Kurdish
membership, which operates legally. Its predecessors HEP and DEP were closed
down by the Constitutional Court for "separatism". More than 100 members and
officials of these three parties have been killed since 1992, including the
parliamentary deputy for Mardin, Mehmet Sincar, who was shot in Batman on 4
September 1993. His assassins have never been brought to justice.
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RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/airmail
letters in English or your own language:
- expressing serious concern for the safety of Abdurrahim Çelikbilek, believed
to have been taken into detention on 24 June 1996 after he left a coffeehouse
at around 3pm in Diyarbak_r;
- calling for an immediate investigation to establish his whereabouts as a
matter of urgency and urging that his family be informed of the outcome;
- noting that Abdurrahim Çelikbilek's brother Abdulkadir was detained in
Diyarbak_r on 14 December 1994 and his body found a week later and that an
application regarding his case is pending with the European Commission on Human
Rights;
- asking to be informed of the result of the investigation.
APPEALS TO:
1. Prime Minister:
Mr Necmettin Erbakan
Office of the Prime Minister
Ba_bakanl_k
06573 Ankara, Turkey
Telegrams: Prime Minister, Ankara, Turkey
Telex: 44061/ 44062/ 44063 bbmt tr/ 42099 basb tr
Faxes: +90 312 417 0476
Salutation: Dear Prime Minister
2. State of Emergency Regional Governor:
Necati Bilican.
Ola_anüstü Hal Valisi
Diyarbak_r, Turkey
Telegrams: Olaganustu Hal Valisi, Diyarbakir, Turkey
Telexes: 72110 OHVT TR; 72084 DYVA TR "please forward to the Governor"; 72090
JASY TR
Faxes: +90 412 224 3572
Salutation: Dear Governor
3. Chief Prosecutor at Diyarbak_r State Security Court:
Mr Bekir Selçuk
DGM Ba_savc_s_
Devlet Güvenlik Mahkemesi
Diyarbak_r, Turkey
Telegrams: DGM Bassavcisi, Diyarbakir, Turkey
Salutation: Dear Sir
COPIES TO:
Minister of Foreign Affairs:
Mrs. Tansu Çiller
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
D__i_leri Bakanl___
06100 Ankara
Fax: +90 312 419 1547
and to diplomatic representatives of TURKEY accredited to your country.
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PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 15 August 1996.

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