No.: 369/ 2006

Date: 24 August 2006

Mrs. Harrison, Amnesty International, London

CC.      The Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva

Please circulate this letter among the following working groups:

  • Special Rapporteur on Independence of Judges and Lawyers
  • Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (also for Fair Trials)
  • Independent Expert on Minority Issues




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Dear Mrs. Harrison


Attached is the translation of an excerpt of a news item by UrmuNews, which we received on Monday 21 August 2006 describing the sentence passed against a teenager of 18 years old from Sulduz, Southern Azerbaijan. The pretext for the sentence was taking part in the mass protests, which swept through Southern Azerbaijan in May 2006. This news item has now been confirmed by ASMEK today on 23 August 2006.

The peculiar aspects of this sentence include:

  • It has not been released officially
  • The victim is a teenager
  • The victim is not the only one as apparently 14 other victims share a similar fate
  • There seems to be an all round violation of the judiciary procedures

This teenager victim is not the only one as we know for sure that Mr. Hesen Balazade is also another 18 years old and detained for taking part in the same mass protest in Erdebil and currently held in Erdebil Prison without any charge.

We hope that you would be considering a campaign to support these teenagers, in particular and thank you for safeguarding human rights of Southern Azerbaijanis in general.

Yours sincerely,

Boyuk Resuloglu

For and on behalf of

The Committee for the Defence of the Rights of World Azerbaijanis

Azərbaijani Turkic

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