Thursday, October 20, 2005

Solidarity with Mehmet Tarhan!

Mehemet Tarhan was taken into custody on April 8, 2005 on the grounds that he was a “military service deserter,” and transferred in the accompaniment of the gendarme to Tokat 48th Infantry Regiment. He had declared his conscientious objection on October 27, 2001 at the Ankara branch of IHD(Human Rights Association).

On April 10, 2005, Sivas Military court filed a lawsuit against Mehmet Tarhan on the charge of “insistent insubordination before the unit with the intent of evading military service altogether” (Article 88 of the Military Criminal Code) after he refused “to wear military uniform.”

Mehmet Tarhan was kept in Sivas Military Prison from April 20–26, 2005 for examination about his homosexuality and his psychiatric condition. But Tarhan refused examination, defining the “unfit for service” report (widely known as “rotten” report) as the “rottenness of the militaristic order itself.”.