22 April 2017

The second hearing of the case based on groundless allegations concerning professional practices of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (HRFT) Cizre Reference Center Representative and former President of Şırnak Medical Association Dr. Serdar Küni, who is detained now for 6 months, will be held at the Şırnak 2nd Heavy Penal Court on Monday, April 24th, 2017 at 2 pm.

Dr. Serdar Küni, who has been decisively practicing medicine in Cizre for years with a strong commitment to the fundamental values, was arrested on October 19th , 2016. During the first hearing, it became very obvious that these allegations are not based on any concrete evidence. The authenticity of the witness testimonies upon which the allegations rely, has been refused by the witnesses themselves, who stated that they have testified under torture and that the concerned testimonies have been arranged on behalf of them. Despite all, Dr. Serdar Küni wasn’t released.

As we have stated since the very beginning, the real target of this trial is national and international law and conventions, universal ethical principles of good medical practice and mainly human conscience. Thus, we will be at the Şırnak Court on April 24th, 2017 to remind one more time that good medical practice cannot be prosecuted.

We are honored to express that, herewith, the solidarity for good medical practice gets beyond the borders. Representatives of several international medical and human rights organizations from throughout the World, including Senior program officer of Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) Christine Mehta, REDRESS Director Carla Ferstman, Per Stadig from Red Cross Center for Tortured Refugees Stockholm-Sweden, Deputy Secretary General of Norwegian Helsinki Committee Gunnar M. Ekelove-Slydal, German Medical Association and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War-Germany (IPPNW) Ernst Ludwig Iskenius, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War-Europe Barbara Neppert and Andreas Speck from War Resisters’ International and La Transicionera will be observing the hearing along with Vice President of Turkish Medical Association Prof. Dr. Sinan Adıyaman and General Secretary of HRFT Dr.Metin Bakkalcı and many more representatives from different cities in Turkey.

We believe that thanks to this formidable solidarity environment, Dr. Serdar Küni will become free by this second hearing which will be held at the Şırnak 2nd Heavy Penal Court on Monday, April 24th, 2017 at 2 pm.

Good medical practice cannot be prosecuted!