Détention, en Turquie, d'un membre du SES, affilié à l'ISP

November 9th, 2009

Mr Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Prime Minister
Ankara, Republic of TURKEY

Fax: +90 312 417 0476
E-mail: receptayyip.erdogan@basbakanlik.gov.tr

Dear Prime Minister,

On behalf of la Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ), a Quebec organization that represents more than 175 000 members in the public sector, I write to express our concern at the arrest and detention of Ms Seher Tümer, Branch Secretary of SES (Trade union of public employees in health and social services), Turkey, an affiliate of Public Services International (PSI).

Seher Tümer was arrested shortly after taking part in the celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2009 and the Newroz Spring festival on 22 March. She has also been active in denouncing a high mortality rate at Zekai Tahir Burak, the Women’s Health Research and Education Hospital. PSI believes that her arrest is linked to these activities. She has now spent almost seven months in a high security prison with limited access to lawyers and we are seriously concerned about her health and the conditions of detention.

CSQ is also an affiliate of PSI and we call upon you to release Ms Seher Tümer, as an indication of your government’s will to apply values of freedom of expression and association. We are sure that these values are as important to your Government as they are to all citizens, wherever they reside.

Yours sincerely,

Réjean Parent
Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ)

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