No.: 343 / 2006

Date: 28 June 2006

Amnesty international / London

CC The high commiserate of human rights, Geneva

Dear Mrs. Harrison


The onslaught of the Iranian authorities on the Babek Assembly is mounting as we approach to the brink of this great trek on 29-30 June 2006 in Southern Azerbaijan. Last night there was a raid in Tebriz to the house of Jahanbekhsh Bekhtaver, the brother of Chengiz Bekhtaver already in detention. The raiders confiscated all of his books and personal belongings. In the event he himself was arrested illegally and taken to Intelligence cells in Tebriz. The attached information gives an account of five persons taken into detention.

The authorities are coercing the families of the detained people undergoing hunger strike not to issue any information on their hunger strike. In this connection, we are extremely worried for a number of days about the cut off of the telephone lines to Mr. Abbas Leysanli’s (Lisani) home in Erdebil. We are enclosing the translation of the statement by ASMEK for your attention and trust that you will carry on creating your effective front against the ongoing illegal acts of aggression of the Iranian authorities.

Yours Sincerely,

Boyuk Resuloglu

For and on behalf of

The Committee for the Defence of the Rights of World Azerbaijani


The Translation of the Statement by ASMEK on 27 June 2006

The Detention of the five political activists in (Southern) Azerbaijan


Ekber Qurbani, a distinguished (Southern) Azerbaijani activist was arrested today on 26 June 2006 at 3.00 p.m. in his workplace at the ironmongery factory in Erdebil. According to Mr. Qurbani’s colleagues, today a number of plain cloth persons came in and arrested him.

Following the participation of Ekber Qurbani in the widespread mass protests in Erdebil against discriminatory policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran, he was repeatedly under threat. He is resorting to hunger strike.


Sahibeli Rustemi, Shehram Ehmedzade and Feramerz Pastu were detained in Khadeferin, Mughan (Southern Azerbaijan). There is no information issued by the authority on their whereabouts.


Ibrahim Jefer zade, a cultural-political activist of Southern Azerbaijan was summoned on 26 June 2006 to the Intelligence office and was subsequently arrested at 6.00 p.m.

Mr. Jeferzade is the director of an NGO organisation and has been arrested by the authorities in numerous occasions in the past.

His friends believe that this detention is related to the oncoming Babek Assembly proceedings.

Hoping for the release of all political prisoners


26 June 2006

The Source Document by ASMEK on 26 June 2006:

The text is distorted when transferred to the WORD Document. 


بازداشت 5 فعال سیاسی آذربایجان


امروز ۶/۴/۱۳۸۵ ساعت ۳ بعد از ظهر اکبر قربانی فعال شناخته شده آذربایجانی در محل کارش دستگر شد.بر اساس گفته همکاران قربانی امروز چند نفر لباس شخصی به محل کار وی -ذوب آهن اردبیل- وارد شده و ایشان را بازداشت نمودند .

اکبر قربانی پس از تظاهرات و اعتراضهای گسترده در اردبیل نسبت به سیاست های تبعیض آمیز جمهوری اسلامی در قبال ملت آذربایجان بارها مورد تهدید افراد لباس شخصی قرار گرفته بود.قربانی به همکاران خود گفته است از لحظه بازداشت دست به اعتصاب غذا زده است .


همچنین در خدافرین مغان فرامرز پستو ، شهرام احمدزاده و صاحبعلی رستمی امروز بازداشت شده اند. از اتهام و محل نگهداری نامبردگان خبری منتشر نشده است.


ابراهیم جعفر زاده فعال سیاسی-فرهنگی آذربایجان امروز ۶/۵/۱۳۸۵ ساعت ۶ بعد از ظهر به اداره اطلاعات خوی فراخوانده و بازداشت شد.

جعفرزاده دبیر انجمن غیر انتفاعی اورین می باشد و بارها توسط نیروهای امنیتی جمهوری اسلامی بازداشت شده است

. نزدیکان جعفرزاده اظهار داشتند که دستگیری ایشان به دلیل نزدیکی مراسم روز ملی بابک می باشد

.با آرزوی آزادی همه زندانیان سیاسی و عقیدتی

سه شنبه ۶ تیر 1385

کمیته دفاع از زندانیان سیاسی آذربایجان

Azərbaijani Turkic

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