No.: 452/2007

Date: 5 April  2007

His Excellency Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the General Secretary of the United Nations, the United Nations, New York

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

            Please circulate this letter to the following repertoires  and working groups:

·         The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention,

·         Special Repertoire on neo  racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance

·         The Independent Expert on Minority Issues

            Mrs. Harrison, and Mr. Dyke, Amnesty International, London

European Council

To be published in various Mass Media

Your Excellency, Mr. Ban Ki-moon,

Re:   THE UNITED NATIONS FAILURE TO MONITOR HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN IRAN SINCE 26 MARCH 2007        (http://www.bbc.co.uk/persian/iran/story/2007/03/070326_w-humanrightscouncil.shtml)

With much regret, we have come to learn that since 26 March 2006, the United Nations (UN) Council on Human Rights has been poised to cease the ongoing monitoring of the dire human rights situation in Iran. Although this BBC news was not publicised in your website, we assume it to be authentic.

Undoubtedly you are concerned with the outcome of this infamous vote, as the UN is running the risk of both appeasing the violation of human rights in Iran and of exposing every individual here to be deprived of democratic rights. We are communicating with you directly to highlight the impacts of this vote, and to familiarise you with the dire situation that Iranian government is abusing its authority to violate national and human rights of the nation of South Azerbaijan, under Iranian occupation.

DunAzHAK is a Southern Azerbaijani NGO for safeguarding national and human rights of the nation of Southern Azerbaijan by submitting Communications to the OHCHR on the ordeal experienced by our nation, presently ill-governed by Iran. We would like to bring to your attention that Southern Azerbaijanis are deprived of the basic academic education in our national language of Azerbaijani Turkic. This deprivation was one of the many reasons for the May 2006 Mass Protests, which swept through Southern Azerbaijan resulting in extrajudicial executions of at least 15 innocent individuals. The Iranian authorities deterred the families of the victims to take any legal action for bringing the perpetrators to justice and therefore they covered up these atrocious acts. Subsequent to the Mass Protests, up to ten thousand individuals were arbitrarily arrested or detained with hundreds suffering arbitrary jail sentences and thousands dismissed from their normal employments.

It may be that a number of ill-informed countries harboured Iran, but we are pleased to inform you that the OHCHR have adequately referenced to the ongoing Iranian violations of national and human rights of the nation of Southern Azerbaijan. Other international organisations have also been vociferous on safeguarding human right of the nation of Southern Azerbaijan including Amnesty International. Urgent Actions issued by Amnesty International are tabulated below for your information and one of them is attached for your perusal, which describes the ordeal that the nation of Southern Azerbaijan suffered on the occasion of the celebration of the International Day of Mother Language. These are clear testimonies that discontinuing the monitoring of human rights in Iran is misplaced and harmful to the reputation of the UN.

We embrace full-heartedly the body of human rights, giving hope to humanity that the solution to problems of injustice is through peaceful and democratic struggles. Regrettably, your organisation has now one less mechanism to safeguard Southern Azerbaijan from Iranian tyrannical rule and yet the gap between democracy and dictatorship is widening ever more than before. Now your organisation and the neighbouring countries bullies by Iran are running the risk of turning into the instrument of Iran. We are concerned together with all the democratic forces that the increasing sufferings of the nation of Southern Azerbaijan will not be exposed. We trust that you will share the anxiety among Southern Azerbaijanis democratic forces suffering from undemocratic Iran.

Your Excellency, dear General Secretary,

Together with this letter, we also attach two of our letters for your information, which we sent them to Mr. Kofi Annan, describing the problem of Southern Azerbaijan (Letter 1: Ref. 336/2006 on 15 June 2006 and Letter 2: Ref. 323/2006 on 19 May 2006). We are hopeful that you will consider the information before you and express your solidarity with the 30 million nation of Southern Azerbaijan, deprived of even the basic human and national rights perpetrated by Iran. Equally, we remain hopeful that you will seek the necessary democratic measures to repeal the above decision based on international norms.

Yours sincerely,

Boyuk Resuloglu

The Committee for the Defence of the Rights of World Azerbaijanis

Attachments

  1. A Table of Urgent Actions by Amnesty International related to Southern Azerbaijan
  2. MDE 13/027/2007 by Amnesty International on the International Mother Language Day
  3. A copy of Letter 1 to Mr. Kofi Annan
  4. A copy of Letter 2 to Mr. Kofi Annan

Attachment 1

Urgent Actions and Statements Issued by Amnesty International related to Southern Azerbaijan

1

MDE      13/046 / 2005

24 August 2005

2

MDE      13/039 / 2006

19 April 2006

3

MDE      13/046 / 2006

4 May 2006

4

MDE      13/047 / 2006

5 May 2006

5

MDE      13/055 / 2006

26 May 2006

6

MDE      13/063/ 2006

8 June 2006

7

MDE       13/064/ 2006

9 June 2006

8

MDE      13/ 067/ 2006

16 June 2006

9

MDE      13/ 068/ 2006

20 June 2006

10

MDE      13/ 071/ 2006

23 June 2006

11

MDE      13/ 074/ 2006

29 June 2006

12

MDE      13/ 101/ 2006

12 September 2006

13

MDE     13/ 105/ 2006

19 September 2006

14

MDE     13/ 108/2006

25 September 2006

15

MDE     13/  118/2006

11 October 2006

16

MDE      13/ 125/ 2006

8 November 2006

17

MDE      13/ 124/ 2006

17 November 2006

18

MDE      13/ 128/ 2006

28 November 2006

19

MDE      13/ 133/ 2006

6 December  2006

20

MDE      13/ 139/ 2006

21 December 2006

21

MDE      13/ 012/ 2007

1 February 2007

22

MDE      13/ 014/ 2007

6  February 2007

23

MDE      13 / 020/ 2007

26 February 2007

24

MDE      13/ 027 / 2007

9 March 2007

25

MDE      13/ 036/ 2007

23 March 2007

26

MDE      13/ 037/ 2007

26 March 2007


 

Attachment 2: http://web.amnesty.org/library/index/engmde130272007

PUBLIC                                                                                                          AI Index: MDE 13/027/2007        

                                                                                                                                         09 March 2007

UA 61/07              Prisoners of conscience/ torture                              

 

IRAN                   Esma’il Javadi (m), aged 31, journalist          ]

                           Ebulfezl Alilu (m)                                          ]

                           Ramin Sadeghi (m)                                       ]  Azerbaijani cultural and

                           Qahreman Qanbarpour (m)                            ] linguistic rights activists

                           Adel Allahverdipour (m)                                ]

                           Jelil Qanilu (m)                                             ]

                           Safar Ali Kho’ini (m)                                      ]

                           Ja’far Haqnazari (m)                                      ]

The Iranian Azerbaijani cultural and linguistic rights activists named above were arrested at around the time of peaceful demonstrations marking the 21 February International Mother Language Day, intended to celebrate linguistic diversity. They were arrested in various towns and cities in Iranian Azerbaijan. Amnesty International considers them prisoners of conscience, detained solely for the peaceful expression of their conscientiously held beliefs and their right to freedom of association.

Amnesty International has received the names of approximately 100 Iranian Azerbaijanis who were reportedly detained. Peaceful demonstrations were organised in different parts of Iranian Azerbaijan and elsewhere in the country calling for education in Azerbaijani Turkic. Most of those detained have reportedly now been released, generally on bail, but scores may still be detained incommunicado, and may be at risk of torture or ill treatment. An unknown number of detainees, possibly including minors, have reportedly been tried summarily.

Journalist Esma’il Javadi was detained in Orumiye on 18 February. He is detained in a facility controlled by the Ministry of Intelligence in the Dokkuz Pille area of Orumiye and has been severely beaten. He is in urgent need of medical care. Family members who have been permitted to meet with him have reportedly been threatened by  security officials and told that they should not speak about Esma’il Javadi to anyone.

According to ASMEK (Azerbaycan Siyasi Mahpuslarını Müdafaa Komitesi), the Committee for the Defence of Azerbaijani Political Prisoners, up to 50 people were detained in Orumiye on 21 February. Among them was shopkeeper Ebulfezl Alilu. The authorities have shut down his shop in Orumiye Bazaar. He too is reportedly detained in the Dokkuz Pille detention facility, where he has been tortured.

ASMEK has reported that on 21 February at least 25 people were detained in Naqadeh (called Sulduz in Azerbaijani Turkic), including Qahreman Qanbarpour and Adel Allahverdipour. Some of those detained in Naqadeh have reportedly been transferred to detention facilities in Orumiye. They have reportedly been denied access to legal representation and put through summary trials.

ASMEK has also reported scores of arrests in the city of Miyandoab (Qoshachay) including Ja’far Haqnazari, a member of the editorial board of a student publication called Bulud.

Human rights activist Ramin Sadeghi was one of around 20 arrested in Ardabil on 19 February. He is believed to have been held in a detention facility run by the Ministry of Intelligence and was reportedly transferred to Section 1 of Ardabil prison on 3 March. He has reportedly gone on hunger strike, but the authorities have denied him any visits. He is believed to be in poor health and in urgent need of medical care.

Jelil Qanilu and Safar Ali Kho’ini were among at least 25 people detained during International Mother Language Day demonstrations in Zenjan on 21 February.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Article 15 of Iran’s Constitution states that Persian is the official language of Iran and that “official documents, correspondence, and texts, as well as textbooks, must be in this language and script.” It adds that “the use of regional and tribal languages in the press and mass media, as well as for teaching of their literature in schools, is allowed in addition to Persian.”

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals to arrive as quickly as possible, in English, French, Persian, Azerbaijani (Arabic or Latin script), Turkish or your own language:

- calling on the authorities to release the eight men (naming them) immediately and unconditionally, as well as anyone else detained solely for the peaceful expression of his or her conscientiously held beliefs, including peaceful advocacy of the right to education through the medium of Azerbaijani Turkic;

- expressing concern for the health of Esmail Javadi and Ramin Sadeghi;

- calling on the authorities to give Esmail Javadi, Ramin Sadeghi and all other detainees immediate access to all necessary medical treatment, including access to medical treatment outside prison where necessary;

- urging the authorities to grant all those who remain in custody immediate and regular access to their families and legal representation;

- asking for details of any charges that have been brought against any of the eight men.

APPEALS TO:

Leader of the Islamic Republic

His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei, The Office of the Supreme Leader

Shoahada Street, Qom, Islamic Republic of Iran

Email:                         info@leader.ir

                         istiftaa@wilayah.org

Salutation:      Your Excellency

Minister of Intelligence

Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie

Ministry of Intelligence, Second Negarestan Street, Pasdaran Avenue, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

Email:             iranprobe@iranprobe.com

Salutation:      Your Excellency

COPIES TO:

President

His Excellency Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

The Presidency, Palestine Avenue, Azerbaijan Intersection, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

Email:                         dr-ahmadinejad@president.ir

                         (via website) www.president.ir/email

Head of the Judiciary

His Excellency Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi

Ministry of Justice, Park-e Shahr, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

Email: Please send emails via the feedback form on the Persian site of the website: http://www.iranjudiciary.org/contactus-feedback-fa.html

The text of the feedback form translates as:

1st line: name; 2nd line: email address; 3rd line: subject heading, then type your email in text box.

Salutation: Your Excellency

and to diplomatic representatives of Iran accredited to your country.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat, or your section office, if sending appeals after 20 April 2007.

Attachment 3 

Say (No.):  336/ 2006

 Tarix (Date): 15 June 2006

Your Excellency, Dear Mr. Annan

Re   MAKING A CASE FOR THE RIGHT OF SELF-DETERMINATION OF SOUTHERN AZERBAIJAN / Iran

We have been writing to you to make a case for your recognition of the national and human rights of Southern Azerbaijanis, violated by the Islamic Republic of Iran, currently administering Southern Azerbaijan. You may be aware of such violations, a glimpse of which is the deprivation of the 30 million Southern Azerbaijanis from even the very basic right for education in our mother tongue to the extent that there is not a single classroom teaching in Turkic Azerbaijani. This is disgraceful and not worthy of our times but reminiscent of an apartheid mindset.

Also, we have brought to your kind attention of the first appeal in 1946 by our leader of the popularly elected National government, Seid Jefer Pishevery, to the United Nations. One year after the establishment of our national government, it was overthrown ruthlessly by the Shah’s military intervention, as a result of which some 30,000 people were executed; 10,000 disappeared without a trace; 70,000 were forcefully displaced; and untold numbers were imprisoned. One of these prisoners was Mr. Sefer Qehremani who was imprisoned for 32 years and his spirit for resistance was seen to be in the same class of that of Mr. Nelson Mandela.

Notwithstanding our sufferings over the last half a century, we have managed to revive but are yet to recover from that tragedy. Today and since the collapse of the Soviet Union, we clearly understand the UN charter of the right for self determination and comply with them in directing our democratic struggle. There have been numerous appeals explaining the substance of our struggle based on international laws and conventions, requesting your timely intervention but your response is yet to materialise.

Are Iranian authorities not appeased when they ruthlessly suppress Southern Azerbaijani mass protestors but no one speaks out? As recent as the last week of May 2006, Southern Azerbaijanis rejected in one voice the Persianisation and cultural assimilation policies of the Iranian government but the watchful world media remained silent. It is not meaningful that Southern Azerbaijanis helplessly bear the brunt of the assaults and suffer tens of losses of lives, hundreds of injuries, thousands of detentions and untold torture.

I hasten to add that there is no scarcity of information in both Amnesty International and the UN High Commission on Human Rights, as we are one of the organisations that reported on recent human rights abuses and casualties e.g. our letter Ref.: 333/2006 on 8 June 2006.

Yet our people keep struggling without any consolation for their sufferings under these inexplicable Iranian attacks and the silence of the world media. So where are those defending democracy, safeguarding human rights and those libertarians upholding freethinking?

Dear General Secretary,

Southern Azerbaijan is at present a nation with no status. Faced with limited options and under continual threat, we turn to the United Nations and yourself for assistance and protection. Conversely, a helpless nation such as ours has nowhere to go other than to appropriate international organisations and also the United Nations, where you are empowered to protect us at this desperate time and under this sustained aggression.

In recent days, the brutal mindset of the Iranian authorities taking cover behind religion has inflicted untold tragedies in Southern Azerbaijan. A host of Azerbaijani Diaspora organisations has been actively reflecting the events to reach the world public opinion. The following statements by Amnesty International in the last one year bear a witness to our ongoing struggle:

·         AI Index : MDE   13/064/ 2006        9 June       2006

·         AI Index : MDE  13/063/ 2006         8 June       2006

·         AI Index : MDE  13/055 / 2006        26 May      2006

·         AI Index : MDE  13/047 / 2006        5 May       2006

·         AI Index : MDE  13/046 / 2006        4 May       2006

·         AI Index : MDE  13/039 / 2006        19 April     2006

·         AI Index : MDE  13/046 / 2005        24 August  2005

It is vital for us that you are thoroughly informed about Southern Azerbaijan and therefore we would like to attach the translation of the letter by the Society of (Southern) Azerbaijani Academics (AzBilTop) as an illustration of the case for Southern Azerbaijan, issued on 24 May 2006 to the Ministry of Justice of the Islamic Republic of Iran, addressing it to the Minister of Justice, Mr. Shahrudi. We believe that a fact-finding meeting between your representative in Iran and a member of this Society will be very fruitful. Our Committee is responsible for this request, hoping that you will directly contact them through the following email: azbiltop_gis@yahoo.com.

We hope that you will contact the above, taking appropriate measures to protect their safety. Please bear in mind that Iranian authorities act brutally against activists and our peaceful people.

Having considered the facts presented in this letter, we kindly request you to take the necessary step to condemn the Iranian government, who violates our human rights and fails to comply with the right for the self determination of Southern Azerbaijanis whilst being an under-signatory of the UN proclamation 2002A (XXI) issued in 1966.

Yours sincerely

Boyuk Resuloglu

Chairperson, the Committee for Defending the Rights of the World Azerbaijanis

CC          Mr. Nelson Mandela, (the past of this great man is our contemporary and reminds us Mr. Sefer Qehremani)

The First Secretariat of the European Council, Strasburg

High Commiserate of Human Rights, Geneva and Amnesty international, London

                The General Secretary of the Islamic Conference Organisation

                Reputable Mass Media on Human Rights

Translation of the Open Letter by

The Society of (Southern) Azerbaijani Academics

Issued on 24 May 2006

The letter by the Society of Southern Azerbaijani Academics in relation to the ongoing mass protests of the nation of (Southern) Azerbaijan to the Ministry of Justice

(A note of translation: in order not to create any prejudice against the Republic of Azerbaijan, the translator added “Southern” within bracket before Azerbaijan. The Republic of Azerbaijan is not a party to the subject matter of this letter.)

Dear Minister of Justice of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Your Excellency Hojjet-ul-Islam Shahrudi

You are fully aware that all provinces of (Southern) Azerbaijan have orchestrated mass protests in the form of sitting in, marches, writing letters and issuing statements against the abuse waged by the official newspaper Iran against the honourable nation of Azerbaijan. These protesters were regrettably opposed by violence due to the inaptness and ill-intentions of provincial authorities and security agents. Outcomes of the ongoing violence inflicted on our people are: tens of losses of lives, hundreds of injuries and thousands of arbitrary arrests of innocent people. Azerbaijan now is truly immersed in sadness. This is in a background where there is a complete absence of slogans against the system and the authorities; and seemingly these very agents are disappointed and angered by the nobility and gentility of our people. The apt behaviour of our people is marred by unwise behaviours of your agents and therefore they must be held responsible for increasing dissent and cynicism of the Azerbaijani nation against the state and government of Iran.

Dear Minster of Justice, in the course of this ongoing violence numerous sons and daughters of Azerbaijani were victimised indiscriminately, who in the current political literature of Iran are referred to as the fruits of the revolution! In addition, the arrested and imprisoned persons are numerous, who by and large include academics, writers, poets, journalists and in one word they are the elites of (Southern) Azerbaijan.

Ayatollah Shahrudi, the campaign of repression against Southern Azerbaijanis does not comply with any international or national norms of law. On the contrary, citizen’s rights are severely being breached but you are presiding over a system that governs the execution of these laws including the officers and judges of the Justice Department.

Dear Minster of Justice, whilst thousands of the sons and daughters of Azerbaijan are condemned to your detention centre and secure units of hospitals, the authorities of the Justice Department are shocked with the temporary banning of the newspaper Iran and do everything within their means to emphasise the necessity of unbarring Iran. They take the nation of Azerbaijan for a fool, as if this nation is unable to understand these political ploys. The Voice and the Image of the Country (”Seda ve Simaye Iran” – a television program in Iran) everyday resonates every trivial protests in every corner of the world and broadcasts them several times a day and equally the news media of the country report hundreds of trivial news items everyday. Let us declare that we know well that in these sensitive moments we are on our own and not only all these media have abandoned us but some unwise authorities threaten the whole regions of (Southern) Azerbaijan and blow their trumpet of provocation. Their libellous provocations are amplified as in the tone that some criminals and agents of MUSAD and CIA have just landed from the aeroplanes of Israel and America and seeded these mass protests.

The news broadcast at 8.30 of Channel 2 portrayed innocent pictures of the personnel of Iran, as if the nation of Azerbaijan, implied for the tyranny, have victimised them! There is no one to ask these propagandists that why do you not inspect the tens of journal and publication offices in (Southern) Azerbaijan whose personnel are in detention? Or thousands of (Southern) Azerbaijani families that have their loved ones locked in detention centres? Their legitimate grievances and heart-cries are heard by no one in Iran. Even for once, come and listen to the heart-cries of mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers of Azerbaijan who are suffering by unwise policies implemented by some of you.

Your Excellency, Ayatollah Shahrudi, all the indications are that a number of agents are determined to attribute the ongoing mass protests to foreign and alien agents and to support these by television shows and thereby condemn innocent people. This is why we are duly requesting you to appoint a special commission to report on the Azerbaijani mass protests and the lawlessness inflicted against them; to prevent injustice waged against the sons and daughters of Azerbaijanis taking part in the mass protests and the breach of their civil liberties; and punishing the culprits against Azerbaijanis. In spite of your inner support for us if you cannot oblige to our requests, we have to refer to international organisations.

The Society of (Southern) Azerbaijani Academics

24 May 2006

Removed the Source Document

Attachment 4  

Say (No.): 323/2006

Tarix (Date) : 19 May 2006

To His Excellency Kofi Annan, General Secretary of the United Nations

CC       High Commiserate of Human Rights, Geneva

            Amnesty International, London

            The first Secretariat of European Council, Strasburg

            Reputable Mass Media on Human Rights

Your Excellency, Dear Mr. Annan

Re       THE PROBLEM OF SOUTHERN AZERBAIJAN

Southern Azerbaijan, currently administered by the Islamic Republic of Iran, is undergoing an undue hardship, as reflected in our recent correspondences. In particular, here we are witnessing a monumental disgrace of our modern era erected by the mindset of Iranian chauvinism dismissing even the basic right of education in the mother tongue of the 30 million Southern Azerbaijanis to the extent that there is not a single classroom teaching in Azerbaijani.

Whilst our people are bearing the brunt of an all round assault of chauvinism including hunger, poverty and destitute, now we are witnessing the emergence of the new tragedy of uranium mining, which is extracted in the Erdebil (Ardebil) province of Southern Azerbaijan. Although some data of this nature leaked over the last 5-6 years through the barriers of disinformation in the severely constrained mass media of Southern Azerbaijan, they were not often taken seriously.

The problem of uranium extraction only surfaced on 30 April 2006, when Mr. Ali Larijani, the General Secretary of the Security Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran, revealed in an interview that “we have uncovered great uranium mines in Erdebil.” Following this revelation and within two days, Mr. Gholam Reza Aghazadeh, the head of the Atomic Energy Foundation of the Islamic Republic of Iran, issued an statement on 2 May 2006 that “a great deal of capital has been allocated to uranium extraction particularly in (Southern) Azerbaijan.” (Translator’s note: Southern within the bracket is added for the sake of not implicating the Republic of Azerbaijan with these issues.) Thus, our hazy knowledge of this tragedy was transformed into a fact and its scale is now becoming evident.

The above official Iranian statements on the one hand make mockery of the emerging world opinion against nuclear ambitions of Iran and also undermine the Southern Azerbaijani people struggling for the restoration of their national rights through democratic methods. On the other hand, these statements reveal that a tragic future is awaiting innocent Southern Azerbaijanis.

The outcome of this new attack is now crystal clear and is seen as a culmination of a systematic policy of plundering all of our nationhood in the last 100 years, which in turn is a reverberation of a cunning age old illusion of Persian supremacy. Whilst our people are engaged in their struggle and determined to resist such acts, others also have a duty of care. If the world opinion, international law organizations and in particular the United Nations do not express their solidarity with the nation of Southern Azerbaijan, are they not appeasing Iranian aggression and should they not be blamed for consequences of their appeasement?

Dear General Secretary,

We take it for granted that you are informed on how Southern Azerbaijanis and our youths are resisting such aggression. The implication of our resistance is that our nation endures a constant threat of being arrested, detained and imprisoned for the sake of demanding justice purely through democratic means. A glimpse of this normalised status quo was outlined in our 21 page letter on 27 March 2006 (Ref: 315/2006). Further evidences include: more than 20 Southern Azerbaijanis are currently imprisoned; some 1500 persons are undergoing hardships to meet hefty bails just to secure their freedom albeit temporarily; numerous individuals have been sacked from their jobs; and hundreds of students are dismissed from their university courses.

The bottomline is that there is a striking amplification of iron-fist policies since the beginning of the presidency term of Mr. Ahmedinejad, who owes his legitimacy to the dismal 14% of the votes of the electorates. He has generated a new wave of repression in Southern Azerbaijan, provoking many petitions, even though this democratic and participatory vocalism is not without perils. We are duly attaching the translation of one such petition for your information undersigned by 179 intellectuals – the source document is also attached. This is the outcry of a nation to be snatched from the jaws of hell. You are empowered with the honour of speaking up for the world and its repressed nations. We therefore present relentlessly our strong case for your attention and hope for your legitimate and long-awaited intervention.

If inapt rulers of Tehran are allowed to spearhead their grotesque policies in this pace without opposition from democratic institutions, we shall not be able to contain the discontent of our uprising people, where our youths are increasingly becoming irritated.

In the name of saving lives of innocent people and alleviating their sufferings, we are requesting all the organisations safeguarding human rights to take a keen interest in the problem of Southern Azerbaijan, the culmination of which is the Babek Assembly. This annual event will take place on Friday 30 June, this year. We therefore request mass media to send their envoy to witness the event, to report it and to reflect on repressions that our people are subjected to. This is an effective way for your contribution and the prevention of a tragedy.

Yours sincerely

Boyuk Resuloghlu

Chairperson

For and on behalf of

The Committee for Defending the Rights of the World Azerbaijanis

The Translation of the Petition on 15 May 2005

In the name of God

Your Excellency, Dear Dr. Ahmedinejad

Dear President of the Islamic Republic of Iran,

With respect, we would like to point out that in the course of a short period that has passed since your takeover of the presidency, nearly thousand individuals of (Southern) Azerbaijani citizens have been threatened, summoned for interrogation and on occasions, they have been detained and imprisoned. These citizens have an insight into their civil rights and uphold their national identity but they are subject to repressions by the police, security and even military forces who generally fail to show a court order or any evidence for their acts.

We would like to refer you back to your pre-electioneering speeches promoting the theme of justice, kindness and eradicating discrimination with the emphasis to make these as the founding stone of your policies. We therefore kindly request you to set up an enquiry and to take necessary steps to stop these behaviours, which are patent violations of the Constitution and a flagrant breach of civil rights of fellow Turks.

Safeguarding our identity complies with the verses of the Koran, the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran and International conventions undersigned by the state of Iran. Our vanguards are engaged in cultural activities but also raise their objections against unjust policies of the state, where this is regarded as the diversity of opinions. Undoubtedly, imposing the above acts against our identity or diversity of opinions will have the backlash of creating mistrust against the state, where according to its civil servants are well focused to defend Islamic values, the Constitution and civil rights.

CC

·         The Foundation for the Authority of the Great Leader

·         The Leader of the Islamic Parliament

·         The Right Honourable head of the Ministry of Justice

·         The Right Honourable Home Secretary, the Minsters of Intelligence and Justice

·         Governors of Eastern Azerbaijan, Western Azerbaijan, the provinces of Erdebil, Tehran, Zenjan, Qum, Kurdistan, Kirmanshah, Gilan, Centre and Hemedan

·         The Law Centre of Eastern Azerbaijan

·         The Islamic Commission for Human Rights

·         Journals and Newspapers

The List of Names

1.      Ibrahimi, Mehdi

2.      Ateshi, Javad

3.      Ehmedli (Ehmedlu), Meysem

4.      Azad, Ekber

5.      Esedli (Esedlu), Mahmud

6.      Mrs. Esedi, Jila

7.      Esedi

8.      Esedi, Ehmed

9.      Esedi Azer, Yusuf

10.  Ismaili, Mehemmedrza

11.  Esgerzade (Esgherzade), Aydin

12.  Esgerniya (Esgherniya), Emir

13.  Mrs. Efser, Seide

14.  Aghazade, Rza

15.  Aghasi, Davud

16.  Imami, Behzad

17.  Orman, Bulud

18.  Uveysi

19.  Iyzedi, Seid

20.  Ilkhichi, Rehim

21.  Berqi, Mehdi

22.  Bahari, Eziz

23.  Beydili, Huseyn

24.  Bayat

25.  Beyi (Beygi), Abbas

26.  Pakdil, Pejman

27.  Pur Asiayi, Hemid

28.  Pifun, Isfendyar

29.  Pili, Yashar

30.  Tajiri, Boyuk

31.  Taghizade

32.  Mrs. Jeferzade, Elnaz

33.  Mrs. Jelali, Elnaz

34.  Jelilnejad, Sultaneli

35.  Jemshidi, Seyid Mustafa

36.  Mrs. Jahangah, Gulnaz

37.  Javadi, Firidun

38.  Chelipa, Seid

39.  Hamidi, Seid

40.  Heririyan, Mehdi

41.  Hesenzade, Ezim

42.  Hesenpur

43.  Heseni, Behzad

44.  Huseyn Elizade, Ismayil

45.  Huseyni, Mejid

46.  Huseyni, Mustafa

47.  Mrs. Hekmeti, Semiyye

48.  Khudai

49.  Khisrobeyi, Rza

50.  Khalkhali, Araz

51.  Mrs. Daveri Usgui, Elmira

52.  Destmalchi, Firidun

53.  Deli-daghli, Efshin

54.  Mrs. Sima Didar

55.  Zulfuqari, Seid

56.  Radpur, Hashim

57.  Rastqu

58.  Rahver, Mehdi

59.  Rehimi, Hebib

60.  Rustemi, Taymaz

61.  Resulzade

62.  Rzai, Behmen

63.  Rzai, Eli

64.  Rzai, Hadi

65.  Rehbermenish, Emir

66.  Ruhullah Nejad

67.  Sarabi, Babek

68.  Seidi, Ruhullah

69.  Mrs. Seidi, Mehin

70.  Salami, Behzad

71.  Selimi, Mehdi

72.  Semi’i-niya, Ismayil

73.  Seyidinzade, Mir Qasim

74.  Shahverdi, Ruh.

75.  Shahverdi, Ruhullah

76.  She’bani, Hemid

77.  Shafaet, Yunis

78.  Shukri, Mehemmed

79.  Shukuhizade, Jahan

80.  Shir Mehemmedi, Vehid

81.  Mrs. Sadiqi, Tureyya

82.  Salehi, Milad

83.  Sehrai, Hadi

84.  Sediqi, Mujteba

85.  Seferi

86.  Sedemdli, Ferzad

87.  Zuheyr-nejad, Behruz

88.  Adili, Shahin

89.  Ibadi, Qasim

90.  Abbasi, Behnam

91.  Abbasi, Adil

92.  Abbasi, Behnam

93.  Abbasiyan, Ruhullah

94.  Ebdu..pur Efshin

95.  Ebdullah-pur, Efshin

96.  Ebdullahi, Mehdi

97.  Ebdullahi, Mehdi

98.  Ebdi, Aydin

99.  Ebdi, Musa

100.    Ejebi Fershbaf, Rehim

101.    Izzeti, Vehid

102.    Esgeri, Mehemmed

103.    Ettari, Peyman

104.    Elemshah, Resul

105.    Eli-yari Dovlet Abadi, Jabir

106.    Eli-pur, Mehdi

107.    Eli-pur, Qafur

108.    Elizade

109.    Elizade Huseyn

110.    Mrs. Elizade, Fernaz

111.    Elizade, Mehdi

112.    Elimehemmedi, Resul

113.    Elizade, Nasireddin

114.    Qayibi, Hadi

115.    Qediri

116.    Qafarzadegan, Meryem

117.    Fettahi, Mir Seid

118.    Ferejzade, Ilham

119.    Fershi, Elirza

120.    Fershidfer, Fershid

121.    Fershi, Elirza

122.    Fezli, Emir

123.    Qurbani

124.    Qenberi

125.    Qevidel, Emir

126.    Qiz Kendi, -

127.    Kazimzade, Hesen

128.    Kamrani Neseb, Ismayil

129.    Keremi, Ekber

130.    Gul-Mehemmedzade, Meysem

131.    Lutfi

132.    Mehemmedzade, Eli Esger

133.    Mrs. Mehemmedkhani, Jila

134.    Mehemmedzade

135.    Mehemmedli (Mehemmedlu)

136.    Mehemmedi, Shehram

137.    Mehemmedi Renjber, Kerim

138.    Mehemmedi Neseb, Jefer

139.    Mehemmedi, Sina

140.    Mehemmedi, Shehram

141.    Mehemmedi, Mehemmed Hesen

142.    Mehemmedi, Mehdi

143.    Mahmudi, Tovhid

144.    Mahmudi, mehemmed eli

145.    Muxbir Dovran, Eta-u...

146.    Murtezevi, Murtuza

147.    Murtezevi, Murtuz

148.    Mrs. Mesbuqi, Fernaz

149.    Mesumi, Elirzameleki, Esger

150.    Meleki, Esger

151.    Mamaqani, Aydin

152.    Mrs. Muhajiri, Jila

153.    Mehdevi

154.    Mehdevi, kerim

155.    Musevi Rad, Seyid Eli

156.    Musevi

157.    Mirani, Nadir

158.    Mirzakhani, jefer

159.    Nadiri, Behruz

160.    Nejjari, Seid

161.    Nejefi, Mehdi

162.    nejefi, Feramerz

163.    Mrs. Nusreti, Shirin

164.    Nesiri

165.    Nemetzade, rehim

166.    Nemeti

167.    Neimi, Seid

168.    Neimi, Abbas

169.    Novruzi, Sefi-u...

170.    Nuri, Mehemmed

171.    Nik Ekhteri

172.    Nikkhah, Yaqub

173.    Mrs. Hashimzade, Fatma

174.    Hashimi, Mensur

175.    Hushyar, Yusuf

176.    Vezini, Mustafa

177.    Vetensever, Sabi

178.    Velizade, Rza

179.    Yusuf Rzai, Ilyas

15 May 2005

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