EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: EUR 44/179/90
4 December 1990
Further information on UA 474/90 (EUR 44/169/90, 22 November) - Fear of Torture
TURKEY: Imam Fidan
Nazam Çeliker (please note correct name)
New name: Mehmet Nurettin Diçer
The ten people named above were taken to court on 29 November. The court ordered
the release of Ibrahim and Ali Dö_ü_ and the arrest of the other eight detainees.
Details of the charges are not yet known. They had been taken from their
homes in Istanbul by the police and were held incommunicado at Istanbul Police
One of those released alleged that they had all been tortured for four
days at _stanbul Police Headquarters. On the first day they were made to stand
for 27 hours. Torture which then followed included being suspended by the
arms, electric shocks to fingers, temples, sexual organs, neck and navel, being
beaten on the back with sticks. The women detainees were threatened with rape.
The detainees were then forced to sign prepared statements. When taken for
a medical examination 11 days after torture had stopped, visible marks had
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.
In August 1990, the government derogated from Articles 5, 6, 8, 10, 11 and
13 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail
- appealing that an impartial and independent investigation be carried out
into allegations that the detainees named above were tortured while in custody
at _stanbul Police Headquarters;