The Mehmet Tarhan Defense Network has just learned that Queer Turkish Anarchist Political Prisoner Mehmet Tarhan's new trial is set to begin tomorrow, December 14th.

As some may know, on November 2nd, the Sivas military court overturned Mehmet's initial conviction of 4 years (on two counts of insubordination) on the grounds of procedure. They stated that because Mehmet claims to be homosexual, he should have been given a physical examination, among other things, to determine his sexuality. No trial date was initially set, and he has remained imprisoned since April 8th, 2005.

Mehmet has already refused examination to "officially" determine his sexuality earlier this year. The Turkish military does not allow homosexuals or women into the armed services, and those proven to be gay, are declared "unfit" or "rotten." In order to determine if a man is homosexual, documentary evidence must be supplied (such as a photo and oftentimes a video) of being on the receiving end of anal penetration, and in most cases a "medical examination" of the anus to determine "passivity to anal penetration." A physical examination of a person without their consent IS sexual assualt.

Mehmet Tarhan is a total objector to both the Turkish State and its military. He refuses to become a death machine in a country with forced conscription. He most certainly will once again refuse the "opportunity" of a medical examination to determine his sexuality and is in danger of insubordination once again.

Show your support! Please e-mail, fax, or call, to demand that Mehmet Tarhan be released immediately and unconditionally!

Prime Minister
Mr Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Office of the Prime Minister
Başbakanlık
06573 Ankara, Turkey
Fax: +90 312 417 0476
E-mail:  rte@akparti.org.tr
Salutation: Dear Prime Minister

Minister of the Interior
Mr Abdulkadir Aksu
Ministry of Interior
Içisleri Bakanlığı
Ankara, Turkey
Fax: + 90 312 418 1795
Email:  aaksu@icisleri.gov.tr
Salutation: Dear Minister

State Minister with responsibility for Human Rights
Mr Abdullah Gül
Office of the Prime Minister
Başbakanlık
06573 Ankara, Turkey
Fax: + 90 312 287 8811
E-mail:  abdullah.gul@basbakanlik.gov.tr
Salutation: Dear Minister

Minister for Justice
Mr Cemil Çiçek
Ministry of Justice
Adalet Bakanlığı
06659 Ankara, Turkey
Fax: +90 312 419 3370
E-mail:  cemilcicek@adalet.gov.tr
Salutation: Dear Minister

For more information or how to get involved, please e-mail the Mehmet Tarhan Defense Network at  freemehmetnow@yahoo.com

 http://www.mehmettarhan.com (updates in english, french, spanish, italian, german, and turkish)
 http://www.myspace.com/freemehmet (local site on mehmet, helping coordinate support in the US)
 http://www.refusingtokill.net (conscientious objector site with emphasis on mehmet)