Ministry of Justice
T.C. Adalet Bakanlığı
Allow me to express my deep concern over the case of Hakan Yaman, who was seriously injured by the police as he was returning home to his house in Istanbul in June 2013. The authorities believed him to be taking part in a nearby demonstration.
Amnesty International considers the excessive use of force by the Turkish police to supress peaceful protests a clear breach of of the right to the freedom of association assembly as well as freedom of expression.
In the light of the above described, I respectfully urge you, Minister, to ensure that:
The case of Hakan Yaman be subject to a prompt, thorough and independent investigation;
and The perpetrators of the respective violations of human rights be brought to justice and face a fair trial.
In the spirit of respect for the basic values of human dignity, freedom, equality and solidarity, I call on you, Minister, to uphold the right to freedom of association, assembly and speech in Turkey, as well as condemn and sanction the use of excessive force against peaceful protesters.
Thank you for your attention to this important issue.