1. Date of arrest:
28 August 2007
2. Place of arrest:
It has now been fully established
that the Office of the Ministry of Information had made
a telephone call to the father of Mrs. Seferi (or
possibly to her father-in-law) informing that Mrs. Leyla
Heyderi (Her marriage name Seferi) can visit her husband
on 28 August 2007 at a set time. However, Mrs Seferi was
abducted by security forces at the set time and within
the office of the Ministry of Information in Zengan. (http://haqqimiz.blogfa.com/post-586.aspx)
3. Forces who carried out the arrest or are believed
to have carried it out:
was arrested or rather abducted by security agents of
the Ministry of Information in Zengan.
4. Did they show a warrant or other decision by a
(No) The victim was allured to the office of the
Ministry of Information in Zengan and was abducted
5. Authority who issued the
warrant or decision: N/A.
6. Relevant legislation applied (if known):
Demonstrably, this is the case of abduction and the
abductors do not apply any legislation but their own
Date of detention:
It is difficult to know when and at what stage the
victim was detained, as in Iran these are highly
nebulous concepts due to arbitrary acts of the
Duration of detention (if not known, probable duration):
The ordeal on
the victim is Ongoing.
3. Forces holding the detainee under custody:
During the detention, they would be held by the prison
authority but the Ministry of Information, the Internal
Ministry or the Ministry of Justice would all collude
with each other. Therefore, it is highly likely that the
prison authorities (if she is in prison) were
manipulated directly by the Ministry of Information.
Places of detention (indicate any transfer and present
place of detention):
There is no official communiqué and the
Southern Azerbaijani human right defenders has not yet
established her whereabouts.
Authorities that ordered the detention:
As in III.3
Reasons for the detention imputed by the authorities:
is no official indictment or communiqué.
Our opinion is that, Iranian
authorities are desperate to force out false confessions
from Southern Azerbaijan prisoners of conscience. The
urgent action by Amnesty International (http://web.amnesty.org/library/index/engmde131062007)
also holds a similar statement in relation to the case
of Mr. Metinpur, a Southern Azerbaijani human right
defender who is a prisoner of conscience now. For a long
time Iranian authorities were hoping to have a “fruitful
torture,” as a result of which at least some of Southern
Azerbaijani prisoners of conscience would yield and
agree for confession under torture. However, the
resolve of our prisoners of conscience has defeated the
Together with this Communication, we
also submit another companion Communication regarding
the ordeal of her husband. Her husband was also abducted
sometimes around 20 June 2007 but activists and friends
suspected it after a week. Apparently Mrs. Seferi and
the brother of Mrs. Seferi denied the situation,
informing the friends that Behruz Seferi has traveled to
Beyjar, his hometown, and will be coming back. The
curious friends and activists were not satisfied with
this and after a great deal of investigation, the
conclusion was that Behruz Seferi was detained by the
Iranian authorities but his brother and his wife, Mrs.
Seferi yielded to the intimations by security agents and
did not confirm the situation.
Curously, this family is one of the
first one who had directly yielded to the intimidations
and they are the first one who has been victimized, i.e.
abducting the wife of this prisoner of conscience.
As regards the character of Mrs.
Leyla Seferi, she is renowned for her steadfast resolve
to safeguard her Turkic Azerbaijani identity and
nationality. Our Report, Ref: 372/2006 on 28 August 2006
describes the instance that Mrs. Leyla Heyderi (marriage
name Seferi) was the constant point of harassment by
Iranian authorities to shut down her bookshop, named
Chichek, which means flower in Azerbaijani Turkic.
She was transformed into a bastion of resistance then
and it is highly uncharacteristic of Mrs. Seferi to
yield in this instance. One therefore uses this instance
to extrapolate the level of intimidation that she was
subjected to. By the same token, we fear for her safety.
Relevant legislation applied (if known):
As there are no imputed charges, relevant
legislation underpinning the abduction are not known.
the circumstances of the arrest and/or the detention and
indicate precise reasons why you consider the arrest or
detention to be arbitrary
Building on our various reports, Communications and
letters to yourselves and Amnesty International as well
as on a host of Urgent Actions and General Statements
issued by Amnesty International
provide a wealth of information that Iranian authorities
are acting in anger towards spearheading their racist
V. Indicate internal steps, including domestic
remedies, taken especially with the legal and
administrative authorities, particularly for the purpose
of establishing the detention and, as appropriate, their
results or the reasons why such steps or remedies were
ineffective or why they were not taken
We have consistently argued that any victim affiliated
to the national movement of Southern Azerbaijan is
treated arbitrarily by Iranian authorities. In this
case, the victim was probably hopeful to be helpful to
her husband by meeting her without realizing that she is
being allured towards abduction.
VI. Full name and address of the person(s) submitting
the information (telephone and fax number, if possible)
Mr. Boyuk Resuloglu
On behalf of:
The Committee for the Defence of the Rights of World
Ayna, Sherifzade 1, Baki, Azerbaijan; Tel/Fax
Date: 6 September 2007
This questionnaire should be addressed to the Working
Group on Arbitrary Detention, OHCHR-UNOG, 1211 Geneva
10, Switzerland, fax No. (41-22) 917.90.06.