Dino Frisullo is an expert in Human Rights, peace, immigration, asylum, racisma and minority issues. He is a consultant on these themes to Members of Parliament, Governmental Institutions and civil servants. He also is a reference point to Italian NGOs and Migrant associations. Actually he is the General Secretary of the association "Senzaconfine" and the spokesperson of the association "Rete Antirazzista". He went to Turkey with a delegation of Italian pacifists. The delegation was composed by 25 persons: representatives of catholic and non religious pacifist movements, journalists, photo reporters, lawyers, some members of local administrative bodies and 2 Italian Members of Parliament (W.De Cesaris, L.Cangemi). Aim of the mission, agreed on by delegations of various European countries, was to participate at the feast of Newroz, the New Yearís feast of the Kurds, to collect information on their living conditions, to testify eventually on Human Rights violations.
On Saturday 21st March, the delegation was in Diyarbakir/Turkish Kurdistan, where there was going on one of the various street feasts in occasion of the New Year. Many people were participating. At the end of the feast a spontenous procession came together, which was dispersed by the Police with violent attacks: there were many injured people, also women and children. Also the photo reporter of the delegation, Paolo Pellegrin, was injured and his camera was destroied. 3 Italian citizens were taken by the Police to a military barrack. 2 of them have been later released and expelled. Only Dino Frisullo was taken to a high security prison in Diyarbakir. He was kept in isolation and accused , as far as we could find out, of instigation to violence and propaganda against the integrity of the State. He will be put in front of the Court for State Security. The proof, as far as we could get informed, is material of propaganda for the Kurdish issue, which the authorithies declare they found in Frisullo's case. Frisullo seems to be known to the Turkish authorities because of his activities in Italy, denouncing Human Rights violations. He also participated last year to a journey in a peace train , with which many pacifists, Members of Parliament and diplomats from various countries reached the Kurdish area last September.
The Italian Government took very energic actions, nevertheless on the 30th March 1998 Frisullo was denied to be released from prison, paying a caution, as his lawyer had requested.