Fwd: Turkish prison news

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Sat Aug 10 12:40:33 MDT 1996


Here's an update from DHKC on the situation in Turkish prisons.

Jim Kane
CAG
BM Box 4473
London WC1N 3XX

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Date: 96-08-10 11:29:01 EDT

News from Turkish papers, August 8, 1996.

5 Terrorists arrested in Adana.
5 Terrorists-members of the illegal organisation DHKP-C were arrested in
Adana.
They allegedly planned several actions in protest against the death of
several
prisoners. (Hurriyet)

Physicians accused before Judicial Medical Institute.
The prisoners in the E-type prison of Yozgat sent a complaint to the Judicial
Medical Institute. The physicians are not giving them the needed treatment.
When
the treatment is not started soon, many prisoners will remain ill and
disabled.
On July 27, 1996, before they were brought to hospital, only the blood
pressure
and the amount of sugar in the blood were measured. Then the prisoners were
brought to hospital, handcuffed, were they were given 3 kg. of serum. After
this
the physicians wanted to send the prisoners back. According to them on order
of
the chief prosecutor and the commander. The health situation of Selmani Ozcan
and Serdal Gelir is deteriorating. (Demokrasi)

Arrested after visiting prison.
On August 5, Nazife Yasar, Sevil Ugur, Sahsenem Erdogan and Ismail Kalkan
were
arrested after visiting the Sagmalcilar prison. The magazine Hedef reported
that
this was an attempt to prevent the relatives form visiting the prisoners,
however, this would not be successful. (Demokrasi)

Hunger strike in Erzurum on 26. day.
44 prisoners started a hunger strike for an indefinite period in the prison
of
Erzurum in protest against the repression in this jail. The other prisoners
are
on hunger strike in shifts. Relatives reported that three prisoners, Ahmet
Kaya,
Yasar Kaya and another prisoner have been put in isolation. ((Demokrasi)

Terror in front of the prison.
The promised rights, granted after the 69 day long hunger strike in which 12
prisoners fell, are not being honoured. The promised relocation of the
prisoners
in Eskisehir to Umraniye has not taken place. One of the most important
demands
of the prisoners, stopping the attacks against the relatives, has not been
honoured yet. Last Tuesday, relatives were arrested in front of Sagmalcilar
prison. This morning some 200-250 people, who wanted to visit their relatives
in
Sagmalcilar, were taking into custody. Among them were 3 correspondents of
the
Kurtulus, Ozcan Ozkulu, Ayten Ozturk and Nimet Ozturk, and the representative
of
the "Platform for Rights and Freedom", Oya Gokbayrak. Ozcan Ozkulu and some
other people were released afterward. (Kurtulus News Centre)


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