No.: 445 / 2007

Date: 22 February 2007

The Problem of Southern Azerbaijan

The Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva

          Please circulate this Communication to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on human rights defenders, this is also relevant to:

·    Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers

·   The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

·    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. Seid Metin-pur, A Southern Azerbaijani human rights defender

Dear Sir/madam

The culture for the International Day of Mother Tongue flourished in Southern Azerbaijan as our nation pledged her support for the Day throughout the Azerbaijani cities.  Regrettably, our motherland ruled by the Islamic Republic of Iran did not escape atrocities even in such a peaceful day and innocent peoples were rounded up and are now deprived of their liberty and at risk of torture.

Attached is the translation of a report by ASMEK, which has compiled at least 26 names who were arrested arbitrarily and deprived of their liberty only for peaceful celebration of the International day of Mother Tongue. The various reports indicate that this is just a glimpse of the events rolled out in Southern Azerbaijan. Some reports are categorical that at least 100 people were arrested in Tebriz alone. More concerning news is that acid was mixed into water hoses jetted against the participants to disperse them.

We endeavour to provide you a comprehensive report on the aftermath of the events but suffice to providing you with some more victims’ names only to reflect the gravity of the situation. In particular, we wish to draw your attention to the case of Mr. Seid Metinpur, who is a renowned human right defender of Southern Azerbaijan.  We are particularly sensitive to the case of human right defenders and confident that you share our concern and will act immediately to campaign effectively to secure his liberty. 

Thank you in advance for your care.

Yours faithfully

Boyuk Resuloglu

The Committee for the Defence of the Rights of World Azerbaijanis

 

Protests in the Southern Azerbaijani city of Zengan, the picture speak for themselves

 


 

Source: http://riza.blogfa.com/post-57.aspx

A Report on the detainees who were celebrating the International Day of Mother Tongue

Today many of the cities of Southern Azerbaijan have been transformed into military barracks following the wide distribution of leaflets calling for a popular protest on the International Day of Mother Tongue on 21 February 2007.

According to the news we received popular gatherings formed in a number of cities despite the military and security forces. Security agents attacked the people and rounded up the people.

ASMEK also celebrates this Day and reports that the following individuals were arrested:

Zengan

Today thousands of young students and the people from all walks of life in Zengan gathered in the Sebze Square to celebrate the Mother Tongue Day. However, security forces resorted to violence and used foul language to disperse them. Some 19 individuals were arrested and the name of some of them include:

  1. Seid Metinpur (writer and human right defender),
  2. Elirza Metinpur
  3. Huseyn Rehmeti (businessman)
  4. Eli Rehmeti
  5. Nasir Rehmeti
  6. Murtuza  Muradi
  7. Emir Nesiri, Jelil Qenili (Gheni-lu)
  8. Mehemmed Mehemmedi
  9. Aydin Beraderan Muqeddem
  10. Kerim Jelili
  11. Rehmet Batat (beyaz?) tebar
  12. Eyrej Mehemmedi
  13. Mahmud Muhajiri
  14. Mrs. Telnaz  Ne’meti, and
  15. Davud Ne’meti

Seven numbers of the above individuals are students.

QOSHACHAY (Miyandab)

  1. Mehdi Hatefi Beyleri (a student of the Peyam University in Sulduz)
  2.  Jefer Haq-nezeri (25 years old and a writer in the student publication of Bulud.

URMU

Today, the suppression of the people in the streets of Urmu spearheaded not only by security forces but by Military units as well.

The individuals rounded up by security forces include:

  1. Yusuf Destan
  2. Arif Elufi (difficult to transcribe this name, it is written as: الوفی)

The above have been confirmed. In the past days those arrested include (Ismail Javadi, Ehmed Qureyshi, Ebulfezl Alilu, Meherrem Huseyni kiya, Huseyn Huseyni kia and Jefer Huseyni kia (father and sons). They were take to the detention facility in the district of Doqquz Pille, which is known to torture machinery. Also the workplace of these individuals aqre shut down under official seal in the Yekanlilar Arcade of the bazaar in Urmu.

20 – Kianush Yusifi

ERDEBIL

Security agent raided the residence of 

21-Emin Jiddi

His brother is Mensur Jiddi, who is an expert in history, was released from prison only recently. Also, other activists arrested today include:

22-  Ramin Sadiqi esl

23-  Jelal Teqevi

24-  Aidin Nejati

25-   Huseyn Sebebi

26-  Qasim Qeribi

KHOY

Today, armed security units raided Shirzad Hajilu’s father’s house in the village Hesherud. In this raid a nuumner of security agents took part and they thoroughly searched the house and took away his books, films and his writings. According to the report, Hajilu was not at home during the raids. He is the manager of the NGO Evrin in Khoy.

ASMEK

21 February 2007

 

گزارش بازداشت شدگان مراسم بزرگداشت روز جهانی زبان مادری

بدنبال پخش اعلامیه های برگزاری تجمعات اعتراضی در دوم اسفند بمناسبت روز جهانی زبان مادری ، امروز بیشتر شهرهای آذربایجان به پادگان نظامی تبدیل گردید.

بر اساس اخبار دریافتی با وجود حضور گسترده نیروهای انتظامی و امنیتی در میادین و خیابانهای اصلی ،  تجمعاتی در چندین شهر برگزار شده است و ماموران انتظامی با هجوم به مردم به ضرب و شتم آنها پرداخته و تعدادی را نیز دستگیر کرده اند.

کمیته دفاع از زندانیان سیاسی آذربایجان با گرامیداشت روز جهانی زبان مادری اخبار دستگیر شدگان را به شرح ذیل به اطلاع میرساند:

زنجان :

هزاران تن از جوانان دانشجویان و سایر اقشار مردم زنجان امروز عصر با حضور در سبزه میدان روز جهانی زبان مادری را گرامی داشتند نیروهای انتظامی با ضرب و شتم  و فحاشی اقدام به متفرق کردن جمعیت نموده و حداقل ۱۹ نفر از شرکت کنندگان را دستگیر کردند که اسامی جمعی از آنها به شرح ذیل می باشد:

سعید متین پور ( نویسنده و فعال حقوق بشر ) - علیرضا متین پور - حسین رحمتی ( بازاری ) - علی رحمتی - ناصر رحمتی - مرتضی مرادی - امیر نصیری - جلیل غنی لو - محمد محمدی - آیدین برادران مقدم -کریم جلیلی - رحمت ا.. بیات( بياض) تبار -  ایرج محمدی - محمود مهاجری - تئلناز نعمتی و داوود نعمتی

هفت نفر از دستگیر شدگان دانشجو می باشند.

قوشاچای ( میاندوآب ) :

مهدي هاتفي بيگلري ( دانشجوی دانشگاه پیام نور نقده ) - جعفر حق نظری ( ۲۵ ساله و از نویسندگان نشریه دانشجویی " بولود " دانشگاه مهاباد )

ارومیه :

امروز در خیابانهای ارومیه علاوه بر نیروهای انتظامی و لباس شخصی نیروهای ارتش نیز حضور داشته و در سرکوب مردم فعال بوده اند.

از دستگیر شدگان ارومیه اسامی یوسف دستان و عارف الوفی مورد تایید قرار گرفته است ، بازداشت شدگان روزهای اخیر ارومیه ( اسماعیل جوادی ، احمد قریشی، ابوالفضل آلیلو، محرم، حسین وجعفر حسینی کیا (پدر و پسر) ) نیز به بازداشتگاه اطلاعات واقع در محله دوققوز پله منتقل شده اند در این بازداشتگاه ابزار آلات شکنجه وجود دارد همچنین محل کسب نامبردگان در راسته یکانیان بازار ارومیه پلمپ گردیده است.

اردبیل :

ماموران امنیتی شب گذشته با یورش به منزل مسکونی امین جدی وی را بازداشت نمودند - برادر وی منصور جدی ( استاد تاریخ ) به تازگی از زندان آزاد شده است- همچنین امروز رامین صادقی اصل و جلال تقوی نیز در این شهر بازداشت گردیده اند.

خوی :

امروز صبح خانه پدری شیرزاد حاجیلو در روستای "هشه رود" این شهرستان مورد یورش مسلحانه ماموران امنیتی قرار گرفت. در این یورش که تعداد زیادی از ماموران امنیتی شرکت کرده بودند منزل به طور کامل تفتیش و کتب، فیلم ها و نوشته های شخصی حاجیلو که در دانشگاه آزاد خوی به تحصیل مشغول است ضبط شد. بر پایه این گزارش در زمان حمله ماموران حاجیلو در خانه نبوده است وی دبیر سازمان غیر دولتی" اورین " خوی می باشد.

 کمیته دفاع از زندانیان سیاسی آذربایجان از رسانه ها و سازمانهای مدافع حقوق بشر تقاضا دارد با اعتراض به این رویه ضد بشری راه تحقق آرمان حقوق بشر و حقوق زندانیان سیاسی و عقیدتی را هموار سازند.

دوم اسفند ۱۳۸۵

به امید آزادی همه زندانیان سیاسی و عقیدتی

کمیته دفاع از زندانیان سیاسی آذربایجان

 

A few more published names see http://savalansesi.blogfa.com/

ERDEBIL

27-  Huseyn Sebebi

28-  Mustafa Mehbub tepe

KHIYOV

29-  Jelil Muqeddesi

30-  Mehdi Talibi

31-  Shahin Ismailpur

32-  Qurbanzade

The names published in Azad Tribun website http://www.azadtribun.net/Fa_14.htm

QOSHACHAY

33-  Ehmed Jiddi, self employed and activist

34-  Eli Muqeddem (Student in the Open University of Maragha)

35-  Mehdi … (from Charburj village of Qoshachay, and an activist)

36-  … Kenani, a football referee

Table 5           The list as per our report on 20 February 2007

No.

Name

City

Source

1

Hesen Esedi                  

Erdebil

http://haqqimiz.blogfa.com/post-346.aspx

2

Huseyn Mehemmedi       

Erdebil/Tebriz

http://haqqimiz.blogfa.com/post-339.aspx

3

Peyman Bəhrami              

Erdebil/Tebriz

http://haqqimiz.blogfa.com/post-339.aspx

4

Davud Mehemmedi

Erdebil/Tebriz

http://haqqimiz.blogfa.com/post-339.aspx

5

Ibrahim Jeferzade

Khoy

http://haqqimiz.blogfa.com/post-340.aspx

6

Eli Ebdullahi (already tortured)

Qum (Qom)

http://haqqimiz.blogfa.com/post-352.aspx

7

Jefer Abidini

Qum

http://haqqimiz.blogfa.com/post-352.aspx

8

Ibrahim Kazimi

Qum

http://haqqimiz.blogfa.com/post-352.aspx

9

Mehdi Movlai

Qum

http://haqqimiz.blogfa.com/post-352.aspx

10

Mesud Pejman

Qum

http://haqqimiz.blogfa.com/post-352.aspx

11

A name yet to be established

Qum

http://haqqimiz.blogfa.com/post-352.aspx

12

Rza Derjezini

Qum

http://haqqimiz.blogfa.com/post-351.aspx

13

Yusuf Suleymani

Qum

http://haqqimiz.blogfa.com/post-353.aspx

14

Behzad Xorshidzade          

Shebuster

http://haqqimiz.blogfa.com/post-342.aspx

15

Perviz Sultani                 

Shebuster

http://haqqimiz.blogfa.com/post-342.aspx

16

Qehreman Sultani

Shebuster

http://haqqimiz.blogfa.com/post-342.aspx

17

Hesen Erk

Tebriz

http://asmek-yeni.blogspot.com/2007/02/blog-post.html#links

18

A client of Mr. Erk was also arrested in his work place

Tebriz

http://asmek-yeni.blogspot.com/2007/02/blog-post.html#links

19

Yunus Zarei

Tebriz

http://haqqimiz.blogfa.com/post-343.aspx

20

Behnam Nur Mehemmedi

Urmu

http://asmek-yeni.blogspot.com/2007/02/blog-post.html#links

21

Ebulfezl Alilu

Urmu

http://asmek-yeni.blogspot.com/2007/02/blog-post.html#links

22

Ehmed Qureyshi

Urmu

http://asmek-yeni.blogspot.com/2007/02/blog-post.html#links

23

Ismaiyl Javadi

Urmu

http://asmek-yeni.blogspot.com/2007/02/blog-post.html#links

24

Jefer Huseyni kiya

Urmu

http://asmek-yeni.blogspot.com/2007/02/blog-post.html#links

25

Meherrem Huseyni kiya

Urmu

http://asmek-yeni.blogspot.com/2007/02/blog-post.html#links

 26

75-100 activists were summoned in Eher

Ehere

See below

Pictures from Zengan, the city where Mr. Seid Metinpur was arrested:

 

 Azərbaijani Turkic

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