Brief über die Verurteilung von Dr. Serdar Küni

Liebe Leser*innen,

wir möcht­en auf fol­gen­den Brief als Kom­men­tar über die Verurteilung des Arztes und Men­schen­rechtlers Dr. Ser­dar Küni­hin­weisen. Der Brief ist kein offizieller Bericht von Amnesty International:

Con­vic­tion of good med­ical prac­tice by the Şır­nak Local Court on behalf of Ser­dar Küni MD is unacceptable!

25 April 2017

Dear friends and colleagues,

As you know, Ser­dar Küni MD. Human Rights Foun­da­tion of Turkey Cizre Rep­re­sen­ta­tive and for­mer pres­i­dent of the Şır­nak Med­ical Cham­ber was arrest­ed on Octo­ber 19th, 2016 and has been detained since then pend­ing tri­al. Küni is tried for his alleged treat­ment of per­sons alleged to be ‘mil­i­tants’ and alleged to be ‘mem­bers of a ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion’, and he is accused of mem­ber­ship to the armed organization.

The first hear­ing of the case was held on March 13th, 2017, at the Şır­nak 2nd Heavy Penal Court. Dur­ing the first hear­ing, it became very obvi­ous that these alle­ga­tions are not based on any con­crete evi­dence. The wit­ness tes­ti­monies upon which the alle­ga­tions rely, do not include any spe­cif­ic infor­ma­tion that can be linked to the charges. Fur­ther­more, the tes­ti­monies have been denied also by the wit­ness­es them­selves, who stat­ed that they have tes­ti­fied under tor­ture and that the con­cerned tes­ti­monies have been fab­ri­cat­ed. Despite all, Ser­dar Küni MD. wasn’t released in this first hear­ing and the hear­ing was postponed.

The 2nd hear­ing of the case was held on April 24th, 2017 in the pres­ence of nation­al and inter­na­tion­al observers, includ­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the most promi­nent inter­na­tion­al med­ical and human rights orga­ni­za­tions. The local court stat­ed that no rela­tion­ship of MD Küni with the armed orga­ni­za­tion was detect­ed. Yet, at the end of this hear­ing, despite the absence of any con­crete evi­dence, the court con­vict­ed and sen­tenced MD Küni to 4 years 2 months impris­on­ment. At the same time, Küni was released pend­ing final deci­sion of the Gaziantep region­al high court.

We believe, the con­tra­dic­to­ry atti­tude of the pan­el of judges and its deci­sion to release MD Küni, is indica­tive of the fact that the pan­el was not con­vinced by the nature of the evi­dence. We are deeply con­vinced that in this case where there is no con­crete evi­dence, MD Küni will be def­i­nite­ly acquit­ted by the region­al high court in the fur­ther period.

The pro­ceed­ing has shown us clear­ly that what’s on tri­al is in fact, the uni­ver­sal eth­i­cal prin­ci­ples relat­ed to med­ical prac­tice. Despite immense dif­fi­cul­ties, MD. Ser­dar Küni has been, for many years and in the wit­ness of many, prac­tic­ing human rights-based med­i­cine in Cizre dis­trict of Şır­nak, with a strong com­mit­ment to the eth­i­cal and sci­en­tif­ic ref­er­ences of good med­ical prac­tice. Since the very first day, we know that the real tar­get of this “tri­al” is nation­al and inter­na­tion­al law and con­ven­tions, uni­ver­sal eth­i­cal prin­ci­ples of good med­ical prac­tice and main­ly human conscience.

As HRFT, we extend our most sin­cere grat­i­tudes to all our friends and col­leagues who stood by Ser­dar Küni in this process. Thanks to an enor­mous sol­i­dar­i­ty envi­ron­ment both at the nation­al and inter­na­tion­al lev­els, Ser­dar Küni is with us again. We believe that with sup­port of you all, he will be acquit­ted as required, and this case will be an exem­plary one in terms of good med­ical prac­tice in con­flict envi­ron­ments through­out the world.

We will share with you our sched­ule in the upcom­ing days.

Warm regards,

Metin Bakkalcı