No.: 389/ 2006

Date: 26 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 and the Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions

 

Dear Mrs. Harrison,

Re       THE DETAINEES IN URMU – THE VICTIMS IN THE DEMOCRATIC CAMPAIGN TO SAVE MOTHER TONGUE OF SOUTHERN AZERBAIJANIS

The running theme in our recent letters was concerned with the democratic campaign to save mother tongue of Southern Azerbaijanis undermined by Iranian racist policies. We also brought to your attention that once again the authorities were poised to resort to their monolithic policies. Regrettably, our worst fears have come true, as the case in point is those detained on 23 September 2006 in Urmu alone.

According to the reliable information that we received from Urmu, seven Southern Azerbaijani youth were arrested on the above date. Some specific information regarding these detainees is tabulated below for your attention, including the profile of a detained journalist. We are endeavouring to obtain the profile of the other detainees.

Here are seven innocent youth faced with uncertain fate. We are confident that your campaign for their release will be an effective measure for safeguarding their human rights.

Yours sincerely,

Boyuk Resuloglu

For and on behalf of

The Committee for the Defence of the Rights of World Azerbaijanis


 

The Detainees in Urmu on 23 September 2006

No

Name SURNAME

Occupation

Date Detained

Further Information

1

Resul JEFERI

Mining Eng. Student of Urmu University

23/09/2006

Arrested in his house

2

Mejid TEQIZADE

Artist-Photographer

23/09/2006

Arrested in his office

3

Firidun MEHDI PUR

Not known yet

23/09/2006

Arrested in Imam Kheyyam

4

Memmed Huseyn PUR QURBANI

Not known yet

23/09/2006

Arrested in Imam Kheyyam

5

Ferdin MUKHTARI

Not known yet

23/09/2006

Arrested in Imam Kheyyam

6

Mehdi JELALI

Not known yet

23/09/2006

Arrested in Imam Kheyyam

7

Emir FEREJ ZADE

Not known yet

23/09/2006

Arrested in Imam Kheyyam

 

The Profile of Mr. Resul Jeferi

Name: Resul

Surname: Ceferi

Specific Details of Detention:

He was arrested in the afternoon on Saturday, 23 September 2006 in his house, with his computer, some of his books, and publications being confiscated. His family has been informed that he would be taken to the Revolutionary Court on Tuesday, and they could meet him on Wednesday.

Father’s name: Mehemmed

Year of birth: 1984

Birth Certificate No: 2267

Place of birth: Urmu

Education: Mining Engineering student of the University of Urmu

Address:

Telephone:

Activities:

A journalist and writer in the weekly periodical of Yarpaq. A member of the Writers Council and the representative of Urmu, a reporter of the weekly Feday-e-ma, Editor-in-charge of Urmiye – the periodical of the University of Urmu

 

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