4 November 2016
We are writing to you about our worries that MD. Serdar Küni, HRFT (Human Rights Foundation in Turkey) Cizre Center Representative and former President of Şırnak Medical Association, was arrested on October 19, 2016 and sent to the Şırnak Prison, with allegations concerning his professional practices. We have sincere concern for the situation for MD. Küni, who has been all through his life guided only by good medical practice.
The warrant of arrest against MD. Serdar Küni, who committed himself to fight against human rights violations, mainly torture and ill-treatment at domestic and international level, should also be considered as a threat against the struggle for abolishment of human rights violations including torture and ill-treatment.
The arrest of MD. Serdar Küni, is an attempt to repress HRFT, whose mission is to struggle for prevention of torture in Turkey 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.
In the light of above, we, as members of SSKT, a Swedish Organisation for Human Rights in Turkey, including seven Member of Parliament, want to show HRFT, our solidarity and call for all authorities in Turkey to:
-Guarantee in all circumstances the physical and psychological integrity of MD. Serdar Küni, HRFT Cizre Centre Representative and former President of Şırnak Medical Association.
-We hope for a soon release of MD Serdar Küni.
-Put an end to any acts of harassment, intimidation including at the judicial level, against all human rights defenders.
-Put an end to the crackdown on human rights defenders in line with Turkey’s international commitments.
-Comply with all the provisions of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.
-Ensure in all circumstances respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in accordance with international human rights standards and international instruments ratified by Turkey.
-In the light of above, we, as members of SSKT, a Swedish Organization for Human Rights in Turkey, including seven Member of Parliament, want to show HRFT, our solidarity and call for all authorities in Turkey to take action for the soon release of MD Serdar Küni.
Désirée Pethrus Anders Johansson Isa Turan
Chairman SSKT in Sweden Secretary SSKT Coordinator SSKT