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WMA Support Letter for Alp Ayan

  • President, Mr. Ahmet Necdet Sezer, Fax: +90 – 312 – 427 13 30 e-mail: Cumhurbaskanligi@tccb.gov.tr
  • Prime Minister, Mr. Bulent Ecevit, e-mail: Bulent.Ecevit@basbakanlik.gov.tr
  • State Minister Responsible for the Human Rights, Mr. Nejat Arseven, fax: 90 312 419 13 26 e-mail: sb40@mynet.com
  • Chairman of the Human Rights Inquiry Commission of the Turkish Grand National Assembly, Mr. Huseyin Akgul e-mail: huseyin.akgul@tbmm.gov.tr
  • Minister of Justice, Aysel Celikel Fax: +90 – 312 – 417 39 54

Honourable Gentlemen
The trial against Dr. Alp Ayan, Izmir, 2 October 2002

The World Medical Association has been informed that there will be a trial against Dr. Alp Ayan 2 October 2002 at the Izmir Penal Court of First Instance. We believe that Dr. Ayan has been accused of protesting against the treatment of the prisoners in the new high security prisons in Turkey (the F-type prisons). According to medical evidence, F-type prisons facilitate increased isolation and degrading treatment, which can cause illness.

The World Medical Association, global representative body for physicians, affirms the physicians' right and duty to speak out against systems that can harm peoples' health (Please see attached World Medical Association Declaration Concerning Support for Medical Doctors Refusing to Participate in, or to Condone, the Use of Torture or Other Forms of Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment).

We therefore urge the Turkish authorities to afford Dr. Ayan a fair trial, and to do all you can to uphold the highest possible standards of human rights.

Yours sincerely,
The World Medical Association

Dr. Delon Human
Emma Viaud
Bjørn Oscar Hoftvedt
Secretary General
Chief Operating Officer
WMA Fellow in Human Rights


Copies to: Dr. Inge Genefke, IRCT
Human Rights Foundation of Turkey
Turkish Medical Association

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