No.: 381/ 2006

Date: 16 Sept 2006

Mrs. Harrison, Amnesty International, London

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

                Please circulate this letter to Independent Expert on Minority Issues

                Published in the various Azerbaijani media

Dear Mrs. Harrison,

Re        DETECTING A NEW WAVE OF REPRESSION ON THE OCCASION THE SOUTHERN AZERBAIJANI CAMPAIGN TO SAVE OUR MOTHER TONGUE

Attached are three news items related to the detention of a number of Southern Azerbaijani activist in three of our cities, Urmu, Sulduz and Tebriz. These arrests are attributed to the planned campaign for saving our mother tongue, our most basic human right as conferred by various human rights declarations e.g. Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic and Linguistic Minorities, adopted by General Assembly resolution 47/135 of 18 December 1992. We detect that once again the so called Iranian authorities are resorting to their iron fist policies. We will be sending another fuller version for this campaign in a day or so. For the time being, we would like to alert you for the situation and endeavour to post you with more information as they become available.

Yours sincerely,

Boyuk Resuloglu

For and on behalf of

The Committee for the Defence of the Rights of World Azerbaijanis

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Document No 2: News Item published on 15 September 2006 in: http://www.urmunews.blogspot.com/

 

Two individuals were recently detained by security agents in the city of Sulduz (|Naqadeh) accused of distributing leaflets calling the public to take part in protests on 23 September 2006, the the commencement of the new academic year. One of these individuals is Iskender Mirzai who is a taxi driver. He was arrested in his car. The name of the other individual is Vehid who owns a shop in Sulduz and he was also arrested in his workplace. The people in Sulduz are of the opinion that since the mass protests of the the May 2006, the increased security forces in this city is detectable.

According to the campaign by the Southern Azerbaijani activists, the nation of Azerbaijan will rally in the various cities of Southern Azerbaijan calling for the official status of our language and national rights. The protests will be orchestrated by not attending the schools on the 23 September 2006, the the first day of the new academic year in Iran.

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Document No 2: News Item published on 13 September 2006 in: http://www.urmunews.blogspot.com/

 

Esedullah Selimi, a journalist and cultural activist of Southern Azerbaijan, was detained a few days ago when travelling to Tebriz., He is from Urmu and was on his way to Tebriz but detained by security agents in Tebriz. He is currently kept in the Tebriz Prison. He is a journalist and a teacher of Azerbaijani Turkic in Urmu (Translator’s Note: almost certainly he is teaching our language to self-help organised groups). There is no official statement on his detention but it is believed that this is related to the planned protests coinciding with the commencement of the new academic year as a continuation of the May 2006 mass protests.

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Document No 3: News Item published on 16 September 2006 in  http://www.azadtribun.net/Fa_14.htm and http://dustaq.blogsky.com/  

 

.Eli Sediq Beyreq was arrested

According to the news yesterday on Friday at 4.30 p.m., Mr. Eli Sediq Beyreq, a resident of the Abbasi district of Tebriz, was arrested, accused of distributing leaflets calling for street protests. He was then transferred to the Magistrate of his district. He is now under detention of the Intelligence Office in Tebriz and under torture.

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This news item was published on 15 September 2006 in: http://www.urmunews.blogspot.com/

 

 در روزهاي اخير دو نفر در شهر سولدوز (نقده) به اتهام پخش اعلاميه هايي مبني بر دعوت مردم به حضور در راهپيمايي روز اول مهر ماه از سوي مقامات امنيتي شهر بازداشت شده اند. نام يكي از اين افراد اسكندر ميرزايي ميباشد كه راننده تاكسي در شهر سولدوز است. دستگيري وي در اتومبيل خود صورت گرفته است. فرد ديگر وحيد نام دارد و صاحب يك مغازه در سولدوز است كه دستگيري وي نيز در محل كارش صورت پذيرفته است. مردم شهر عقيده دارند پس از قيام مردم سولدوز بر عليه سياستهاي حكومت، و بويژه در روزهاي اخير بر تعداد نيروهاي امنيتي كه به شكل نامحسوس در شهر تردد مي نمايند افزوده شده است.

 

بنابر فراخوان فعالين آذربايجاني، در روز اول مهرماه كه به عنوان روز بازگشايي مدارس در ايران به شمار مي رود، ملت آذربايجان در اعتراض به فشارهاي وارده بر مردم و فعالين آذربايجاني و نيز اعتراض به عدم به رسميت شناخته شدن حقوق و زبان اين ملت، در شهرهاي مختلف آذربايجان تجمع خواهند نمود.
اورمونيوز( 23 شهريور 1385)

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