I was very concerned to receive the attached letter from Dr. Inge Genefke, chairperson of the WPA Section on Psychological Consequences of Torture and Persecution, regarding the case of Dr. Alp Ayan, Turkish psychiatrist and prominent member of the above-mentioned section and secretary of the Turkish Human Rights Organization Izmir, working on the rehabilitation of victims of torture. The trial is scheduled for the second of October.
According to the statement released by the World Medical Association (attached) Dr. Ayan was accused of protesting against the maltreatment and isolation of prisoners in high security prisons in Turkey. In doing so Dr. Ayan was abiding by the specific guidelines of the Madrid Declaration regarding the WPA position on Torture.
The WPA is very concerned regarding that matter and would obliged if the Turkish Neuropsychiatric Association would send a representative to attend the trial and express the solidarity of the WPA with Dr. Ayan.
I would also be obliged to be updated on the developments of the case of Dr. Ayan.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Prof. A. Okasha , M.D.,Ph.D , F.R.C.P., F.R.C., Psych., F.A.C.P
President World Psychiatric Association
Phone: (202) 3366799/3350605
Fax: (202) 7481786