No.: 338 / 2006
Date: 19 June 2006
Amnesty international, London
High Commiserate of Human Rights, Geneva
Dear Mrs. Harrison
Re OVERVIEW OF SOUTHERN AZERBAIJANI PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE
As you know, in the course of the May 2006 mass protests in Southern Azerbaijan, scores of peoples lost their lives as the ultimate price for freedom, as well many more were wounded or suffered from arbitrary arrests. It ha not yet been possible to submit their full name lists for your information and possible actions. There are many youths whose names are not known to us but have been arrested and towards guaranteeing their safety, we endeavour to find their names and submit them for your compilation.
At this point, we would like to draw a list of activists, many of whom are prominent. This list on their status is definite. Of these, we draw your attention to Mr. Abbas Leysanli (Lisani) who is jailed in the Erdebil Prison and has resorted to hunger strike as a token of his protest for being illegally imprisoned, as a result of which he is believed to be in a life threatening situation. The young engineer, Mr. Qulam Rza Emani, jailed in the Evin Prison, Tehran, is also in a life threatening situation due to resorting to hunger strike and for the same reason.
More elderly activists are also known to be in similar situations, including Mr. Hesen Azerbaijan and Chengin Bekhtaver who are over 60 years old and known to suffer from heart problems.
Political analysts believe that the regime in Tehran is jailing many of these activists to prevent their participation in the Babek Assembly on 29-30 June 2006 in Southern Azerbaijan.
The endurance of any human being including our dearest ones to such an extent is questionable. Therefore we kindly request for escalating your campaign and do whatever within your means to alleviate their hardship. It is not time to send an envoy to visit such prisoners of conscience?
The list of the prisoners of conscience currently in the prison as a result of the ongoing mass protests is as follows (excluding those already in the prison prior to the May uprising):
In the Urmu Prison
In the Maragha Prison
In the Tebriz Prison
In the Tehran Prison
We should add that some of the above persons from 14 to 20 may well be in the Tebriz Prison. It is probable that the transfer from Tebriz to the Evin Prison is a decoy.
In the Erdebil Prison
In the Khiyav Prison
In the Khoy Prison
Let me emphasise that these names are in connection with the May uprising. Your archives will have the names of activists already suffering in imprisonment.
The Committee for Defending the Rights of the World Azerbaijanis