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Cablegate: Southeast Turkey Press Summary,

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UNCLAS ADANA 0247

SIPDIS


E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PINS PGOV PHUM TU IZ ADANA
SUBJECT: SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY,
SEPTEMBER 18, 2003


1. This is the Southeastern Turkey press summary
for September 18, 2003. Please note that
Turkish press reports often contain errors or
exaggerations; AmConsulate Adana does not vouch
for the accuracy of the reports summarized
here.


POLITICAL, SECURITY, HUMAN RIGHTS


2. Evrensel / Diyarbakir Law Bar Association
accused the Midyat prison management of
mistreating the prisoners and not providing
medical treatment for them.


3. Evrensel / In Uludere, Sirnak province, Nusret
Berk stepped on a landmine and got wounded.


4. Evrensel, Milli Gazete / About 130 women
applied to Diyarbakir Law Bar Association
Women's Right Center for legal help. Most of
these women have been abused by their husbands
and seek free legal help from the center.


5. Evrensel / Gaziantep Security officials
detained 17 members of the Democratic People's
Party (DEHAP) due to the speeches they gave
during the press conference on September 14.


6. Ekspres, Turkiye / Members of a group
interested in the human rights aspects involved
in Turkey's bid to join the EU came to Adana
and visited Governor Kemal Onal. The project
covers the prevention of torture in the
prisons, freedom of speech, religion and
thoughts, rights of the disabled, women and
children.


7. Sabah Guney / Security forces in Antakya found
approximately $7000 worth of illegal Ecstasy
tablets. Two people involved in the
distribution of the tablets were arrested.


ECONOMIC


8. Hurriyet / Young Businessmen Associations of
Gaziantep, Cukurova, Hatay, Iskenderun, Adana,
Mersin, Mardin, Diyarbakir and Siirt founded
South and Southeast Young Businessmen
Association. The Center of the association will
be in Gaziantep.
REID

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