URGENT ALERT UPDATE: PRISONER OF FAITH Nureddin Sirin out of solitary confinement

Islamic Human Rights Commission

1I September 2001

PRISONER OF FAITH: Nureddin Sirin out of solitary confinement in Bandirma Prison, Turkey, although other basic facilities still denied.

Muslim journalist Nureddin Sirin was imprisoned in 1997 for 17 and half years for helping to organise a protest in support of Palestinian resistance to Israeli occupation.

In June 2001, IHRC issued an urgent alert about the ill-treatment of Nureddin Sirin in Bandirma prison. He was held in solitary confinement, with his basic privileges denied to him. IHRC has received information that Nureddin Sirin has been moved out of solitary confinement although his privileges have not been returned to him.

Campaigners are requested to continue writing to the Prison authorities and the Turkish Ambassador in their country demanding that:

(a) Nureddin Sirin is allowed full visiting rights, the return of his property and all other facilities (including reading materials) that have been removed from him
(b) He is immediately and unconditionally released from imprisonment.

Please write to the Governor, Bandirma Prison, Bandirma Cezavi, Balikesir, Turkey.

At the moment campaigners cannot write to him because the prison authorities are denying him any post.

UK campaigners please write, e-mail, fax the Turkish Ambassador

HE Mr Korkmaz Haktanir,
Turkish Embassy
43 Belgrave Square
London SW1X 8PA

fax: 020 7393 0066

If you need information on embassies in other countries, please contact IHRC.[END]

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