No.: 432/ 2007

Date: 2 January 2007

The Problem of Southern Azerbaijan


The Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva

                Please circulate this letter to the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (also for Fair Trials), this is also relevant to:

·    Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers

·    Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance

·   The Independent Expert on Minority Issues

CC      Mrs. Harrison, Amnesty International, London


Mr. Abbas Leysanli

Prisoner of conscience

Dear sir/madam,


Please find enclosed Update No. 5 for ensuring justice to Mr. Abbas Leysanli, a prisoner of conscience and the protagonist of Southern Azerbaijani national and human rights.

We have just learned that Mr. Leysanli has resorted to hunger strike as his only remaining defence to safeguard his human rights. Our information is reliable and authentic and the details and context of this hunger strike is as follows:

·         Since the start of the terms of the ongoing imprisonment on 31 October 2006, Mr. Leysanli has not received a due medical attention regarding residue pains from torture inflicted during his detention in 2005 (for this residue pains, see Amnesty International’s (A.I.) Urgent Action MDE 13/125/2006 on 8 November 2006). Indeed, A.I. has also expressed concern on this issue. The authorities ignored his complaints.

·         In Iranian laws there is an allowance for furlough of 15 days of release for every 45 days of imprisonment. Today, Mr. Leysanli is on his 64th day of imprisonment but he has not been allowed even a single day of furlough. He has raised this injustice with the prison authority and, despite the consent of the prison authority the Prosecutor of the Ministry of Justice in Erdebil has prevented this furlough.

·         When his family has sought for a reason, the response was that without the family keeping quiet, there will not be any furlough. They authority have required Mr. Leysanli and his family to undertake in writing for remaining silent, else they should contact the Attorney General of the Country in Tehran for a consent. We strongly believe that the family regards this demand as a flagrant violation of their human rights and has refused to be gagged.

Mr. Leysanli is now kept in Wing 7 of Erdebil Prison and we would like to draw your attention to the following:

1.       Here we find another example of arbitrariness in the proceedings of Iranian authorities and collusion by the Ministry of Justice officials in preventing justice for Mr. Leysanli.

2.       Mr. Leysanli resorted to hunger strike during his detention last year for 56 days (4 June – 29 July 2006). So we are extremely concerned that without your intervention, his demand for his rights will not be taken seriously by Iranian authorities and this episode could reach to slippery slope.

In order to ensure information management, we regard this Communication as Bulletin 1 and will keep issuing Updates to the bulletins separate than our usual updates on our communications.

Yours faithfully,

Boyuk Resuloglu

The Committee for the Defence of the Rights of World Azerbaijanis

Azərbaijani Turkic 

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