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Topics of the day:

1. Condemn the Turkish Military's Murder of 9 Iranian and Iraqi Refugees

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Date: Mon, 31 May 1999 23:42:00 EDT
From: CHAIRNGO@AOL.COM
Subject: Condemn the Turkish Military's Murder of 9 Iranian and Iraqi Refugees

Press Release
For Release 9 a.m. EDT, May 28, 1999

Condemn the Turkish Military's Murder
of 9 Iranian and Iraqi Refugees

New York City, May 28, 1999: The Turkish military has brutally
killed 9 Iranian and Iraqi refugees who were part of a caravan
of 50 attempting to enter the country to register with the United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The 9 were
killed in a free zone where military operations by the Turkish
and Iranian governments are prohibited. Of those remaining,
5 have been hospitalized due to resulting injuries whilst the other
36 have been detained by the authorities, according to reports
by the International Federation of Iranian Refugees (IFIR)
Branch in the border town of Van, Turkey. The fate of the
remaining refugees is unknown.

The International Federation of Iranian Refugees (IFIR)
condemns this heinous act and demands that the Turkish
government be held accountable for its actions. The
government must compensate the families of the victims.
Furthermore, IFIR demands the immediate release of those
detained and their registration with the United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The Turkish
government is duty-bound by national and international
laws to protect those fleeing from persecution. The UNHCR
must intervene to ensure that the refugees have full protection
from refoulement (forcible return).

This is not the first time the Turkish authorities have resorted
to such brutality against refugees. In the past, IFIR's campaigns
have been able to push back the Turkish government's assault
on the lives and safety of refugees. Once again, IFIR calls
upon groups and individuals to condemn that government
and demand the safety of refugees entering Turkey. Only
our united protests can prevent such criminal acts.

Protest e-mails should be sent to:
Suleyman Demirel, President, Cankaya@tccb.gov.tr;
Bulent Ecevit, Prime Minister, Ddlbsl@tccb.gov.tr;
Baki Ilkin, Ambassador to the US, turkish@erols.com.
Faxes should be sent to:
Cahit Bayar, Minister of Interior, 011-90-312-417-2390;
Ismail Cem, Minister of Foreign Affairs, 011-90-312-419-1547.
E-mails should also be sent to: Mirza Hussein Khan, UNHCR
Representative in Turkey, khanhu@unhcr.ch.

For more information, contact Maryam Namazie
GPO, P. O. Box 7051, New York, NY 10116
Tel: 212-747-1046; Fax: 212-425-7260
E-mail: ifiric@aol.com

SAMPLE LETTER

Date

Suleyman Demirel, President, Cankaya@tccb.gov.tr
Bulent Ecevit, Prime Minister, Ddlbsl@tccb.gov.tr
Baki Ilkin, Ambassador to the US, turkish@erols.com
Cahit Bayar, Minister of Interior, 011-90-312-417-2390
Ismail Cem, Minister of Foreign Affairs, 011-90-312-419-1547
Mirza Hussein Khan, UNHCR Representative in Turkey,
khanhu@unhcr.ch

I / my organization am / is writing to condemn the Turkish
government's heinous act of brutally killing 9 Iranian and Iraqi
refugees who were part of a caravan of 50 attempting to enter
the country to register with the United Nations High Commissioner
for Refugees (UNHCR). The 9 were killed in a free zone
where military operations by the Turkish and Iranian
governments are prohibited. Of those remaining, 5 have
been hospitalized due to resulting injuries whilst the other 36
have been detained. The fate of the remaining refugees
is unknown.

I / my organization demand(s) that the Turkish government
be held accountable for its actions. The government must
compensate the families of the victims. Furthermore, the
government must immediately release those detained and
facilitate their registration with the United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The Turkish government
is duty-bound by national and international laws to protect
those fleeing from persecution.

I / my organization awaits your immediate action on this matter.

Sincerely,

Name
Organization
Contact Information

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