lördag, maj 21, 2011

Brev: Vädjan till Turkiet i fallet Erbey (riksdagen)

Mötena med riksdagens MR-grupp är alltid engagerande. Representanter från partier över blockgränsen samlas en gång i månaden för att gå igenom aktuella fall av personer som Amnesty adopterat och så skriver vi så kallade vädjandebrev till statsöverhuvudena i respektive land som undertecknas av många riksdagsledamöter.

Ofta gäller det domar om dödsstraff i diktaturer, men också yttrandefrihetsfall som det turkiska nedan, Muharrem Erbey.

Om det gör någon nytta? Jag har ställt frågan till drabbade och fått svar som räcker för mig - vetskapen för den fängslade att någon bryr sig kan vara livsavgörande, både för den egna livsgnistan och för att offentligheten faktiskt gör det svårare för regimen att tortera och döda.

Här brevet till Turkiets inrikesminister Atalay:
We, the undersigned members of the Swedish parliament, are writing to you to express our concerns regarding Muharrem Erbey, a well- known lawyer and political figure who has been held in detention without trial since December 2009. We seek information regarding his legal status and if he cannot be charged with an internationally recognized offence, we deem Mr. Erbey to be a prisoner of conscience who is to be released immediately and unconditionally.
On 24 December 2009, Muharrem Erbey was taken into custody by anti-terrorism units of the Diyarbakir police. Muharrem Erbey was detained apparently on the basis of links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party through his alleged membership of the Kurdistan Communities Union. On the same day, his home, office and the Diyarbakir Branch of İHD, a human rights organization Mr. Erbey is affiliated with, were searched by anti-terrorism police units. Further, we fear that Mr. Erbey's detention can be traced to a lecture he gave to Swedish parliamentarians in October of 2009.
We therefore urge Turkish authorities to clarify Mr. Erbey's legal status, while also making sure that he recieves a fair trial and access to any legal counsel he may require. We would also remind the same authorities of its commitments as a state party to the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights, a commitment that fully guarantees Turkish citizens' right of expression and association, among others.