(PKK) - started armed attacks, an alarming number of reports of ill-treatment
of detainees by the security forces have come from the eastern and southeastern
provinces, where more than 2000 lives so far have been lost in the continuing
fighting. A state of emergency is in force in Siirt and nine other eastern provinces.
Turkey ratified the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture on
25 February 1988 and the UN Convention Against Torture on 2 August 1988. However,
all information available to Amnesty International indicates that torture is still
widespread and systematic in Turkey. Allegations of torture have continued since
the transfer of power to a civilian government in 1983. Most allegations relate
to ill-treatment of detainees in police custody during their initial interrogation
when they are usually denied access to relatives or a lawyer. Under current
legislation the maximum detention period before being formally charged or released
is 24 hours; in cases involving three or more suspects or due to the 'nature of
the crime' it may be extended to 15 days. This period may be extended to 30 days
in areas under emergency legislation or martial law.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Telexes/faxes/telegrams/express and airmail letters:
- urging that all detainees named above be granted prompt access to their families
and lawyers and that they not be ill-treated while in detention;
- requesting to be informed of any charges against them.
Office of the Prime Minister
Telegrams: Prime Minister, Ankara, Turkey
Telexes: 44061/44062/44063 BBMT TR; 42099 BASB TR; 42875 BBK TR
Faxes: 90 41 17 04 76 PRIME MINISTER
Governor of Siirt Province
Telegrams: Siirt Valisi, Siirt, Turkey
COPIES TO: Diplomatic representatives of Turkey in your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat, or
your section office, if sending appeals after 20 October 1990.