24 July 2006
Re THE CASE OF MR. ABBAS LEYSANLI – A
PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE SYMBOLISING THE RESISTANCE OF
We have represented the case of Mr. Abbas Leysanli (also written as:
Lisani or Lesani), a prisoner of conscience, and his case has been
verified by the various urgent actions and statements of Amnesty
International, e.g. AI Indices: MDE 13/063/2006 on 8 June 2006 and
13/074/2006 on 29 June 2006.
His resistance continues to date, as confirmed by our own sources and described by the news item in his webblog. The English translation of this news item attached below for your information. We would like to bring to your attention that any law and human right provision that are applicable for the protection of any individual, have been floated or excessively broken in the case of Mr. Leysanli. To list but few are:
Mr. Leysanli is now the heart-and-mind of Azerbaijanis and the
nation is anxiously waiting for your timely intervention under the
UN authority. You are kindly requested to take up the case of Mr.
Leysanli with utmost urgency and provide him any legal assistance or
support as you can. In the first place,
we would urge you to initiate the dispatch of a MSF (Medecins
Sans Frontieres) for examining his wellbeing as a humanitarian
gesture. In particular, we are very concerned that there is an
epidemic influenza in the Erdebil Prison and the secure hospital
unit attached to the prison and therefore the health of Mr. Leysanli
is under extra risk.
For and on behalf of
THE TRANSLATION OF THE NEWS ITEM ON THE LATEST SITUATION OF MR. ABBAS LEYSANLI, AS PUBLISHED IN http://lesani.blogfa.com/ or http://lisaniabbas.blogspot.com/
subsists on Intravenous (IV) Drips
Mr. Leysanli’s family has finally managed to visit him lately in the Erdebil Prison, who has created a new front in the resistance in demanding for the Azerbaijani identity. According to the statements given by his deeply worried wife and mother, Abbas’s conditions are very worrying and he is even unable to stand up or sit on a chair. He has been transferred to the hospital in Erdebil and being injected continually with IV drips after being on hunger strike for 35 days with a further 11 days he has even refused the intake of water/liquid. His weight is now 85 kg, reduced by 30 kg within 46 days of hunger strike.
Mr. Leysanli’s physical conditions are extremely concerning. He is
extremely pale; his vision is impaired; and due to his continuous
hunger strikes, his digestion and kidney systems are extremely
upset. He is determined to carry on with his hunger strike through
his vow on campaigning for the reinstatement of the rights of
political prisoners of (Southern)
Abbas Leysanli, a fighter, writer and a poet, is a distinguished
figure of the national movement of (Southern)
For each of the above activities, he has endured untold sufferings
following the detention by the authorities. Currently, there are
five files actively open against Mr. Leysanli, persecuted by the
Abbas Leysanli was threatened with his life by security agents of Iran, two days in advance of the 200,000 (two hundred thousands) taking part in the mass protests of Erdebil on 27 May 2006. He was warned that if he would become visible on the streets, he would be killed by two bullets. In spite of these illegal threats and the staged-managed meagre pro-government march before the noon in Erdebil, Leysanli joined the rank-and-file of and led the mass protesters spearheading the campaign of pro-Azerbaijani identity on that day. He gave a daring speech in defence of the rights of the nation of (Southern) Azerbbaijan and the necessity of replicating this movement throughout Erdebil. After the successful all-city mass protest of Erdebil, he took a low profile in his home but on 3 June 2006, thirty armed security agents besieged his home, broke the door and forced their way in, and in front of his family members; took him into captivity; confiscating his writings, as well as his computers and personal belongings. In parallel with this the business of Mr. Leysanli has been padlocked where he earns his subsistence for his family including his wife and three children. Since then they have withdrawn his licence for his business. In this connection, security agents have also arrested Mr. Mehdi Mehemmed pur (his nephew) and Mr. Jefer Subhani (his colleague). Mr. Arif Lisani (his brother) has also been detained for a variety of reasons. His wife (Mrs. Ruqeyye Leysanli) has also been repeated threatened to be detained for giving interviews to the various media.
Mr. Leysanli is being transformed into the symbol of resistance of
the nation of