May 26, 2017

Urgent Action: Turkish Man Detained And At Risk Of Extradition (Thailand: UA 122.17)


Myanmar-based Turkish education professional, M. Furkan Sökmen was detained in Yangon International Airport on 24 May and last known to be in the transit area of a Bangkok airport. Amnesty International fears he is at risk of extradition to Turkey where he could face torture or ill-treatment.


Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Urging the Thai authorities to comply with their obligations under international human rights law not to deport, extradite or otherwise return M. Furkan Sökmen to a country where he would be at risk of torture, other ill-treatment or serious human rights violations;
  • Expressing concern about the arbitrary manner in which M. Furkan Sökmen has reportedly been detained;
  • Urging authorities to grant M. Furkan Sökmen immediate access to a lawyer and reminding them that in all proceedings the most rigorous internationally recognized standards for fair trial must be respected.

Contact these two officials by 7 July, 2017:

Minister of Foreign Affairs
Don Pramudwinai
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Sri Ayudhya Road
Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Fax: +66 2643 5320 / +66 2643 5314
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Minister

Ambassador Pisan Manawapat, Royal Embassy of Thailand
1024 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 202 944 3600 I Fax: 1 202 944 3611
Contact form:
Twitter: @ThaiEmbDC
Salutation: Dear Ambassador



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