The Kurdish mayor of SUR Abdullah Demirbas was arrested on December 24th 2009 because
of his struggle to encourage multiculturalism and languages in Diyarbakir .
He was sentenced to a long time prison penal. The poor conditions in the prison
contributed in deteriorating his prior illness, which thereafter hospitalized him at the
Dicle University hospital in Diyarbakir .
His condition worsened additionally and after much international pressure the prison
penal was converted to a traveling prohibition on May 14th 2010.
His disease is called deep vein thrombosis and without treatment the symptoms
aggravate. According to a medical extra report from the faculty of medicine at
Istanbul University, Demirbas must receive treatment abroad in order to be given the
medicine pradaxa. In order to do so genetic preliminary investigations are necessary
with guardianship from a medical clinic.
In order to annul the travelling prohibition against him Demirbas has without any
result turned to the parliamentary commission for human rights in Turkey .
We hereby want the traveling prohibition towards Demirbas annulled immediately so
that he can see treatment abroad.
We hereby take part in and support the above stated
The Kurdish PEN Centre
Zaradechet Dr. Hajo