Date: 2:40 PM 4/1/98 +0200
From: Sergio Briguglio
Subject: Frisullo (26)
vi mando la scheda su Dino nella versione inglese preparata da Annamaria
Dupre' (a partire da un'analogo documento stilato - credo - da Annamaria
Rivera) e utilizzata per i contatti con alcuni organismi europei. Forse
puo' esservi utile.
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 Year’s 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 themhave 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.