was reportedly first held at a Ministry of Intelligence detention centre, then moved on around 1 August to Tabriz’s central prison,
where his mother was able to visit him. She told an interviewer from the Voice of America (VOA) Azerbaijani-language
radio station that he had been tortured. The following day he was apparently moved to a Ministry of Intelligence detention
centre somewhere in Tabriz,
where he is at grave risk of torture. He has not been formally charged
with any offence.
defence of Iranian Azerbaijanis' right to use their language. She said that he had been tortured, causing his teeth to be broken, hair
to be pulled from his
scalp, and blue bruising marks all over his face and body.
to draw attention to his plight,
but it is not known whether he is continuing with it.
population. They live mainly in the north and north-west of the country. They are increasingly demanding greater cultural and
linguistic rights, including the right to education in their mother tongue of Azerbaijani Turkic. A small minority advocate
secession of Iranian Azerbaijan from the Islamic Republic of Iran and union with the Republic of Azerbaijan. Those who
seek to promote Iranian Azerbaijani cultural identity are viewed with suspicion by the Iranian authorities, who often accuse
them of vague charges such
as "promoting pan-Turkism".
population is Iranian Azerbaijani, in protest at a cartoon published on 12 May by the state-owned daily newspaper
Iran, which many Iranian Azerbaijanis found offensive. Hundreds were arrested during and after the demonstrations.
Other waves of arrests have occurred around dates significant to the Azerbaijani community, such as a boycott of the
start of the academic year in September 2006, after demonstrations in February 2007 on the occasion of International
Mother Tongue day, and on
the anniversary of the May 2006 demonstrations.
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of the right of the Azerbaijani people in Iran to use their own language.
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