Information on the likely penalty faced upon return to Turkey by a Kurd who several years ago was ordered to report periodically to the police station, and who did so, but then fled overseas [TUR18672.E]

Information on the above-mentioned subject could not be found among the sources currently available to the DIRB in Ottawa. However, attached please find documents providing information on the treatment that rejected Kurdish asylum-seekers would face upon return to Turkey. These documents may be of interest. Also of interest could be the attached 26 August 1994 Amnesty International (AI) report on the disappearance of Bisar Kurt, a Kurd from the village of Kevenaz in the province of Mardin. According to the AI report, Bisar Kurt was ordered to report to the local gendarmerie once a week, an order with which he complied over the years (AI 26 August 1994). On 6 August 1994 he was detained by members of the Special Team, and since then his family has heard nothing from him (ibid.).

This response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find attached the list of other sources consulted in researching this information request.


Amnesty International. 26 August 1994. Urgent Action: Turkey: Bisar Kurt, Aged 49. (AI Index: EUR 44/86/94). London: Amnesty International.


Amnesty International. 26 August 1994. Urgent Action. "Turkey: Bisar Kurt, Aged 49." (AI Index: EUR 44/86/94). London: Amnesty International.

_____. 7 February 1994. "Amnesty International's Position on Asylum-Seekers From Turkey." (AI Index: EUR 44/09/94). London: Amnesty International.

_____. 22 October 1993. Urgent Action. "Turkey: Nilurfer Koç (female), Kurdish Interpreter of Kurdish Origin, Student in Germany, Aged 24." (AI Index: EUR 44/97/93. London: Amnesty International.

The Associated Press (AP). 25 March 1994. Larry Thorson. "Turkish Ambassador: Germany Should Deport Kurdish Militants." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 20 May 1994. BC Cycle. "German States Begin to Block Deportation of Kurds." (NEXIS)

Other Sources Consulted

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. 1991-1993.

Critique: Review of the Department of State's Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. 1991-1992.

Human Rights Watch Reports. 1991-present.

Lettre de la fédération internationale de l'homme (FIDH) [Paris]. 1991-present.

On line searches and oral sources.