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Letter from Christian B. Anfinsen to President of Turkey, Prime Minister of Turkey pdf (45,980 Bytes) transcript of pdf
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.
Evren, Kenan
Ozal, Turgut
President of Turkey
Prime Minister of Turkey
Reproduced with permission of Libby Anfinsen.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Human Rights
Exhibit Category:
Humanitarian and Political Activism, 1967-1994
Metadata Record Memorandum from Eliot Stellar, National Academy of Sciences (re: Turkish surgeon Nihat Sargin) (March 14, 1988) pdf (133,789 Bytes) ocr (3,493 Bytes)
Box Number: 6
Folder Number: 12
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Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Physical Condition:
Series: Correspondence, 1965-1999
SubSeries: Alphabetical Files, 1983-1991
Folder: National Academy of Sciences, 1984-1992
17 March 1988
Original letters sent to the President and Prime Minister of Turkey
Your Excellency:
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 society.
Sincerely yours,
Christian B. Anfinsen
Professor of Biology
(Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 1972)
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