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Further information on UA 360/91 (EUR 44/139/91, 29 October) - Turkey: fear of torture / health concern: Huseyin Toraman

, N° d'index: EUR 44/145/1991

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: EUR 44/145/91
Distr: UA/SC
6 November 1991
Further information on UA 360/91 (EUR 44/139/91, 29 October 1991) - Fear of
Torture/Health Concern
TURKEY:Hüseyin TORAMAN, aged 24
Hüseyin Toraman was detained in Istanbul on 27 October 1991 by three civilian
police. He is said to be wanted for his alleged activities for an illegal
political organization. His father, Ali Riza Toraman, had been detained on
1 May 1991 and was held for 24 hours. Ali Riza Toraman alleges that during
this period he was beaten and was asked for information about the whereabouts
of his son. Please note that the police were not led to seyin Toraman's address
by his father as was previously indicated on UA 360/91 (EUR 44/139/91, 29 October
It now appears likely that Hüseyin Toraman is being held at Gebze Police
Headquarters, about 60 kilometres south of Istanbul. However, when the family
went to Gebze Police Headquarters, the police denied holding him. It appears
probable that he is being interrogated under torture.
Hüseyin Toraman is suffering from asthma and a slipped disc (herniated
intervertebral disc). There is added concern that torture may bring on asthma
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail letters:
- urging that Hüseyin Toraman's lawyer and family are allowed to see him
in detention and that he is not ill-treated while in police custody;
- appealing that he will be given all medical attention he may require;
- asking whether he has been charged and what the charges against him are.
1) The Chief of Police Dear Sir
Gebze Police Headquarters
Gebze Emniyet Müdürlügü
_zmit, Turkey
Telegrams: Chief of Police, Gebze Police Headquarters, Izmit, Turkey
2) (Minister of the Interior)
Mr Sabahattin Çakmako_lu Dear Minister
_çi_leri Bakanl___
06644 Ankara, Turkey
Telegrams: Interior Minister, Ankara, Turkey
Telexes: 46369 ICSL TR
Faxes: +90 4 118 1795 or +90 4 125 6520 (Ministry of Interior)
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3) (Prime Minister)
Prime Minister Mesut Y_lmaz Dear Prime Minister
Office of the Prime Minister
06573 Ankara, Turkey
Telegrams: Prime Minister, Ankara, Turkey
Telexes: 44061/44062/44063 bbmt tr or
42099 basb tr or 42875 bbk tr
Faxes: +90 41 17 04 76 (attn: Prime Minister) or
+90 42 30 88 96 (attn: Prime Minister)
(President of Parliamentary Human Rights Commission)
Mr Eyüp A__k
_nsan Haklar_ Ara_t_rma Komisyonu Ba_kan_
Ankara, Turkey
Faxes: +90 4 11 91 664 or +90 4 42 06 941
and 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 18 December 1991.

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