No.: 442/ 2007

Date: 1 February 2007

The Problem of Southern Azerbaijan

The Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva

Please circulate this to the Special Rapporteur on the right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health; this is also relevant to:

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

·   The Independent Expert on Minority Issues

·   Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers

CC    Mrs. Harrison, Amnesty International, London


Mr. Abbas Leysanli


Prisoner of conscience

Dear sir/madam,


Whilst the health of Mr. Leysanli was reaching the verge of a slippery slope, Southern Azerbaijan lived a tense episode manifested in the form of a diverse range of campaigns and initiatives. One of these initiatives was particularly fruitful as out of 50 distinguished Southern Azerbaijani activists some 15 were allowed an unprecedented visit with Mr. Leysanli. They were in reality the delegates of the nation of Southern Azerbaijan to persuade him to listen to his nation’s pleas by stopping the hunger strike. We are pleased to inform you that Mr. Leysanli has agreed to pause his hunger strike. The nation is grateful to Mr. Leysanli for accepting this national plea after 31 days of his second hunger strike within a year.

We endeavour to produce you a detailed report on the situation as hard facts prevail. For the time being the following facts have emerged:

·         The prison authorities have compromised right to life and health of Mr. Leysanli;

·         The second hunger strike seemingly displays worrying symptoms, reaching far beyond impacts of 31 days of hunger strike, implying possible malicious intentional malpractice by prison authorities or possibly by prison heath services intended to increase his level of morbidity and hasten his death;

·         The right of access to a professional medical care has not yet been complied with, including the right to visit and the right to statutory day releases;

·         Mr. Leysanli has confirmed that his hunger strike is not for gaining any personal preferential treatment in the prison but for upholding and safeguarding the national and human rights of Southern Azerbaijani activists and human right defenders and as such his campaign has not yet finished;

·         There is more information on the collusion among the central Government of Iran, the judiciary offices operated by the Iranian government in Southern Azerbaijan, prison authorities, all of whom are by and large directed by invisible hands of the Ministry of Intelligence.

We have provided you documents verifying that the imprisonment of Mr. Leysanli is based on arbitrary acts of colluding Iranian authorities. We express the concern of the nation of Southern Azerbaijan with the precarious health conditions of Mr. Leysanli and will keep you informed and submit a communication on his health condition in due course. We are grateful to all international supports, either outright as by Amnesty International or your own confidential approaches.

Yours faithfully,

Boyuk Resuloglu

For and on behalf of

The Committee for the Defence of the Rights of World Azerbaijanis

  Azərbaijani Turkic

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