With this Call of Action, HRFT calls all its friends and colleagues to take action for MD. Serdar Küni, HRFT Cizre Center Representative, who was arrested on October 19, 2016, with groundless allegations concerning his professional practices.Confinement of MD. Küni, who has been all through his life guided only by good medical practice, should be immediately ended!
In the recent months, we shared several issues with you and asked your solidarity during these difficult times we are going through. Today, we would like to share another issue regarding MD Serdar Küni, our friend and colleague.
MD. SerdarKüni, HRFT Cizre Center Representative and former President of Şırnak Medical Association, was arrested on October 19, 2016 and sent to the Şırnak Prison, with groundless allegations concerning his professional practices. Confinement of MD. Küni, who has been all through his life guided only by good medical practice, should be immediately ended!
Practicing medicine on the basis of the fundamental values of the profession is a very difficult task in Turkey in the context of the armed conflicts that resumed on Summer 2015; and particularly in Cizre, located in Southeast Turkey, and witnessing inconceivably massive pains in the recent period. Despite immense difficulties, MD. Serdar Küni has been, for many years and in the witness of many, practicing medicine in Cizre, with a strong commitment to the fundamental ethical and scientific references of medicine, whose only raison d’etre is to protect and improve human life. Therefore, the real target of this arrest is national and international law and conventions, universal ethical principles, and human conscience.
The arrest of MD. Serdar Küni, HRFT Cizre Center Representative, is an attempt to repress HRFT, whose mission is to struggle for prevention of torture in our country and in the World, and all efforts for eradicating torture and other severe human rights violations.
We remind that values and implementation of good medical practice cannot be prosecuted. The unlawful practice, MD. Serdar Küni is subjected to, should be IMMEDIATELY revoked!
Until MD. Küni is released; we will continue an effective and democratic struggle, together with all our friends and colleagues. We have no doubt that this unlawful practice will be ended in the shortest time, thanks to the solidarity and struggle of the doctors and health professionals, who adopt the values of good medical practice, and broadly, of all human rights defenders at the national and international scene.
We ask your solidarity in our struggle. We kindly request all of you to take action to urge the authorities to immediately release MD. Serdar Küni, by sending letters and emails to the relevant authorities, publishing statements, and disseminating the present Call in your networks. We would like to remind that any reaction by our friends and colleagues would be invaluable.
We thank you in advance and remain at your disposal should you require any further information.
Prof. Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı MD Metin Bakkalcı
Chairperson of HRFT Secretary General of HRFT