DOS Cable re: Human Rights Group Delivers Letter to the American Consulate in Istanbul

State Department cable to Washington describing a letter left off at the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey by a human rights group written to President Bush with accusations of human rights violations and actions in contradiction to the Geneva Convention with respect to Individuals in Guantanamo Bay and Iraq.

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Cable
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Monday, November 10, 2003
Doc_rel_date: 
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
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FM AMCONSUL ISTANBUL
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 9963
INFO AMEMBASSY ANKARA IMMEDIATE

UNCLAS ISTANBUL 001667
TERREP
DEPT FOR EUR/EX, DS/ITA, DS/IP/EUR, S/CT
ANKARA FOR RSO

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ASEC, CASC, PTER, TU
SUBJECT: HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP DELIVERS LETTER TO AMCONGEN
ISTANBUL

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(U) SUMMARY. ON 11/07/03 AT 1300 HOURS FOURTEEN PEOPLE REPRESENTING THE ISTANBUL CHAPTER OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS ASSOCIATION DELIVERED A TWO PAGE LETTER ADDRESSED TO PRESIDENT BUSH TO THE AMCONGEN IN ISTANBUL. THIS WAS THE FIRST SUCH "DEMONSTRATION" AT THE CONSULATE SINCE OFFICIALLY MOVING TO THE ISTINIYE DISTRICT OF ISTANBUL ON JULY 15, 2003.

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(U) WHAT WAS THOUGHT TO BE AN "ILLEGAL DEMONSTRATIONtI BY THE TURKISH NATIONAL POLICE (TNP) ACTUALLY TURNED OUT TO BE LITTLE MORE THAN THE DELIVERY OF A LETTER TO CONSULATE' PERSONNEL. BRAVING INCLEMENT WEATHER FOURTEEN MEMBERS OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS ASSOCIATION PASSED AN ENVELOPE TO A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE PUBLIC AFFAIRS SECTION. THE ENVELOPE, ADDRESSED TO PRESIDENT BUSH, CONTAINED A TWO-PAGE LETTER WRITTEN IN TURKISH. THE LETTER LAYS OUT ACCUSATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AND ACTIONS IN CONTRADICTION TO THE GENEVA CONVENTION

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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE
REVIEW AUTHORITY: ARCHIE M BOLSTER
DATE/CASE ID: 04 NOV 2004 200303827
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WITH RESPECT TO INDIVIDUALS IN GUANTANAMO BAY AND IRAQ.
THERE WERE NO SPECIFIC NAMES MENTIONED. SEVERAL
MEMBERS OF THE TURKISH MEDIA RECORDED THE EVENT. THIS

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GROUP IS CONSIDERED ONE OF TURKEY'S MOST ACTIVE NGOS IN
THE FIELD OF HUMAN RIGHTS.

3. CU) THE CONSULATE RECEIVED MORE THAN ADEQUATE SUPPORT FROM
THE POLICE. TNP AUTHORITIES RESPONDED IN ADVANCE OF THE
"DEMONSTRATION" WITH OVER 100 OFFICERS, MOST OF WHOM

'REMAINED ON BUSES ON THE STREET.
SMITH
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