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COMMUNICATION: MR. HESEN ERK, A SOUTHERN AZERBAIJANI PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE

11 May 2013

For the attention of The Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva, Please circulate this letter to:
  • Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights
  • Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance
  • The Independent Expert on Minority Issues
  • The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention
CC Mr. Drewery Dyke and Mrs. Ann Harrison, Amnesty International, London
Also: International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (the Oslo Branch); Human Rights Watch; Human Rights Server and Ahmed Shahid

Dear sir/madam,
ADVANCED VERSION OF GENERAL COMMUNICATION
Please find enclosed communication for the defence of human rights of Mr. Hesen Erk (this is his penname and his passport name is Ali Hajilulu), a Southern Azerbaijani prisoner of conscience deprived arbitrarily of his liberty by the Iranian Authorities. We deliberately focus on this one representative case for the reasons that will be clear below; where in reality, we hope it will be recognised that this is just one case out of hundreds of Southern Azerbaijani prisoners of conscience.
There is nothing unique about the Iranian authorities violating the human and national rights of the individuals of the nation of Azerbaijan in Southern Azerbaijan. Your organisation knows about these violations but acts minimally in its campaigns against them. Amnesty International knows of these violations but does not campaign anymore against them. Since the presidency of President Obama, the Foreign Office of the USA has ceased issuing communiqués in support of the rights of nationalities in Iran though now Mr. Obama has realised his error in neglecting nationality issues in the Islamic Republic of Iran and trying to rectify it now.
Democratic countries and institutions, including your own organisation, have collectively given the green light to the Islamic Republic of Iran to be arbitrary, apparently in the hope of persuading the Iranian Authorities to give up their ambitions regarding nuclear capability. Your policies have all failed and even despite sanctions, the regime continues to pursue its nuclear ambitions with urgency. The price that the nation of Azerbaijan in Southern Azerbaijan is paying for your appeasement is that even Mr. Hesen Erk, a moderate liberal political activist of Southern Azerbaijan is suffering the threat of the heinous act of being lashed by the Iranian Authorities for participating in the popular ecological campaign to save Lake Urmu under the deliberate Iranian policy to dry up the lake in order to uproot the Azerbaijani Turkic population of the Lake Urmu basin and to Aryanise the region by smuggler and terrorist migrants from Iraq.
The sentence passed by the Iranian authorities have been translated for your attention and given in Table 1. There are many irregularities in this official document, e.g. Mr. Mahmudi, the lawyer of Mr. Erk is now a political refugee; also the sentence is related to the events in April 2011, as per our communication Ref: 538/2011 on 30 April 2011 but it reflects the arbitrary and heated atmosphere in the last 3-4 months. In recent months, the declaration of "South Azerbaijan is not Iran" by the fans of the national football team of Southern Azerbaijan (called Tiraxtur), as well as conferences held by Southern Azerbaijanis in Baku, Ankara and Stockholm have brought into open the fears of the Iranian authorities. Many similar developments have prompted the Iranian authorities to demonstrate their sinister intentions through acts of revenge deeply seated in racism. One example of such acts is the sentence passed against Mr. Hesen Erk. We hold that this act is an outright expression of racism spearheaded by the Iranian Authorities against the nation of Azerbaijan in Southern Azerbaijan.
We hope that you understand the significance of this sentence of lashing against a formidable political activist such as Mr. Hesen Erk. To this end, we wish to remind you of its context by abstracting our past reports and attaching them to Table 2. We also remind you of the heroism of Mr. Abbas Leysanli, one of the national leaders of Southern Azerbaijan, who continues to challenge the Iranian Authorities. As you saw from our report (Ref: 478/ 2008, Date: 13 January 2008), Mr Leysanli heroically stood up against the Iranian Authorities while in captivity and overwhelmed even their most determined agents in physical terms. Since their defeat then, the Iranian authorities have shied away from this heinous against the Azerbaijan prisoners of conscience. Of late however, having understood that there is an increasing atmosphere of international appeasement of racism in Iran, they feel they can get away with much. Your criticism of racial policies in Iran escalates the self-perceived impunity of the Iranian authorities; whereas in fact in Iran there is no racial policy but outright racist policies. We hold that until you state explicitly that the Iranian Authorities are pursuing racist policies in Iran, they will continue to commit such acts.
The onslaught of the Iranian authorities is escalating. Whilst you have not yet issued any open communiqué on Mr. Seid Metinpur, an arduous human right defender, he has already undergone 6 years of his 10 years of arbitrary imprisonment in Evin prison. From hundreds of examples, let us show a few more from the moderate wing of politics in Southern Azerbaijan, the "New GAMOH." The founding activists of this Southern Azerbaijani political party fully comply with the Iranian constitution and laws. Yet the five individuals named below and identified with their photos, each was arbitrarily imprisoned on5 May 2013 for a 9 year prison term and now they are serving their prison terms in Tebriz prison.

1. Dr. Letif Heseni 2. Dr. Ayet Mehrelibeyli 3. Behbud Qulizade 4. Mahmid Fəzli 5. Shehram Radmehr

Please let us to remind you that the nation of Azerbaijan in Southern Azerbaijan has displayed an astute competence in their uncompromising stance against racism. Southern Azerbaijanis have now consolidated their unbroken struggle against Iranian racism, dating back 80 years, into a new form of unprecedented struggle. This struggle integrates human rights, national rights, gender equality, ecological awareness, cultural rights, the right of expression in one's mother language and institutional securalism. Certainly, Iranian politics has miserably failed in each and every one of these contexts.
Once again, we appeal to you to make good use of the mandates entrusted on you by providing an express statement against racism (but not racialist policies) and its unacceptability in Iran, as much as is the case anywhere else in a civilised world. You owe this debt to the nation of Azerbaijan in Southern Azerbaijan and to all other nations in Iran. If you do not campaign for Mr. Hesen Erk on the ground that the verdict against him is a racist one, we assure you that you are being insensitive to that which may and will likely follow in Iran.
Yours faithfully,
Boyuk Resuloglu
Chairperson of the Committee for the Defence of the Rights of World Azerbaijanis

Azerbaijani Turkic

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Prisoners of conscience

Mr. ABBAS LISANI

MRS. SIMA DIDAR

MR. SEID MOGHANLI MR. SEID MOGHANLI

MR. SEID METINPUR

MR. RZA ABBASI

MR. SALEH KAMRANI

MRS. SHEHNAZ GHOLAMI

MR. HESEN ARK

MR. HESEN DEMIRCHI

MR. HEMID VALAYI

MR. ELIRZA SERRAFI

MR. CHINGIZ BEKHTAVER

MR EKBER AZAD

MR QOLAMRZA EMANI

ILQAR MERENDLI

MR YUNIS AGHAYAN

MR. AND MRS. SEFERI

MR. HEMID VALAYI

MR. RZA ABBASI

MR.ALIRZA FERSHI

MR. ELIRZA METINPUR

MR. HADI MUSEVI

MR. HESEN ESEDI

MR. HUSEYN HUSEYNI

MR. HUSEYN HUSEYNI

MR. OXTAY BABAI

MR. VEDUD ESEDI


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