Letter from Christian B. Anfinsen to President of Turkey, Prime Minister of Turkey
In this letter sent to Turgut Ozal, then Prime Minister of Turkey, Anfinsen wrote to urge the release of surgeon Nihat Sargin,
who was sentenced to thirty-six years in jail, was likely tortured in state custody, and was considered a "prisoner of
conscience" by several international human rights organizations.
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1988-03-17 (March 17, 1988)
Anfinsen, Christian B.
President of Turkey
Prime Minister of Turkey
Reproduced with permission of Libby Anfinsen.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Humanitarian and Political Activism, 1967-1994
Memorandum from Eliot Stellar, National Academy of Sciences (re: Turkish surgeon Nihat Sargin) (March 14, 1988)
Original letters sent to the President and Prime Minister of Turkey
I am writing to you in connection with the situation of Dr. Nihat Sargin, a surgeon and chest specialist who, I gather, has
been convicted to a 36-year sentence in prison. I was particularly impressed with the fact that Amnesty International has
declared Dr. Sargin a "prisoner of conscience," and I gather that the evidence of torture, including electric shocks
and hanging have been discounted by the prosecutor in charge of his case. I would like to urge you to consider the release
of Dr. Sargin on the grounds that he is in prison solely for the non-violent expression of his political beliefs. I hope
that you will be able to use the power of your office to help insure the release of this useful and important member of your