Israel holds Turkish activist without charge for days, rights group says

Turkish human rights group immediately called on Israel to frree a representative of a Turkish humanitarian organiztaion whose volunteers keep aid missions throughout the world.

Israel holds Turkish activist without charge for days, rights group says

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish human rights group immediately called on Israel to free a representative of a Turkish humanitarian organization whose volunteers keep aid missions throughout the world.

Mazlumder or Organization of Human Rights and Solidarity for Oppressed People, said, in a statement sent to World Bulletin, "Israel soldiers arrested Izzet Sahin, who is representative and founder of IHH, Humanitarian Relief Foundation Office, in West Bank and studies Hebrew in Hebrew University on 27th April at noon time when he passed through to Bethlehem Checkpoint."

The rights group said, "Israel notified his family about the arrest only after three days passed".

In another statement, IHH also confirmed the arrest of its volunteer.

"Sahin has been to the region for educational and humanitarian purpose, and was arrested without any reason," Mazlumder statement said.

"After his family’s application to our association, we applied to Israeli authorities about his arrest, but our application has been left unanswered yet," the group said.

Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv confirmed the arrest as well.

A group of concerned people individually formed IHH in response to attempt to "ethnic cleansing" of Serbs in Bosnia, largest genocide committed after the World War II.

"Concerns over fair and impartial court"

The rigths group expressed the concern about his health, condition and judicial process in Israel.

"Israeli authorities must immediately explain why Izzet Sahin is being detained, how he is now, whether or not there is any charge against him, when he will be sent back to Turkey and how we can get in touch with him," the statement said.

Palestinian Lawyers and Turkish Embassy told Mazlumder, “Izzet Sahin is detained by Israeli military intelligence without any reason. He is going to be taken to court on 4th May and allegations would be learned only in the court.” However, Israel has not allowed him to meet his lawyers yet.

"We urge Israel to fulfill its responsibilities stem from the educational bilateral agreements between Turkey and Israel and international treaties about protection of humanitarian activists",

Mazlumder also fears "about any torture and ill treatment against aid activist because of the implementations of Israel like psychological torture, long term custody, ill-treatment against Palestinian prisoners." "We believe that he is also under the risk of torture and other ill-treatments," the organization said.

Mazlumder questioned the credibility of any "evidence" in Israeli courts. The organization said, "Israeli police raided home of the activist after the arrest and took some properties. We fear the safety of the properties and there will be any "fair and impartial court" in Israel".

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