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Detention in Turkey

In response to:

In Turkish Prisons: A Report from Amnesty International from the May 30, 1985 issue

To the Editors:

After Amnesty International’s statement on Turkey [NYR, May 30] was written, the incommunicado detention period in areas under martial law was officially reduced, on May 9, 1985, from a maximum of forty-five days to a maximum of thirty days. Amnesty International welcomes this reduction in the time detained persons may be held without access to lawyers or relatives. But AI emphasizes that in the absence of safeguards, such as judicial supervision of detainees, it believes that people held in incommunicado detention in Turkey continue to be in danger of ill-treatment.

Amnesty International

International Secretariat

London, England

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