No.: 474/ 2007

Date: 21 December  2007

The Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva

            Please circulate this letter to:

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

·    The Independent Expert on Minority Issues The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (also for Fair Trials)

·    Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers

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


Mr. Leysanli’s two sons visiting him in


the prison (the photo is confidential)

Dear sir/madam,


Please find enclosed Update 8 alerting you to the outrageous threat posed by the Iranian authority to inflict the deplorable act of flogging on Mr. Abbas Leysanli, the veteran protagonist of the national movement of Southern Azerbaijan. Due to the inadequacy of our resources, we have been unable to update you with detailed developments since Update 7 (Ref: 459/2007; Date: 23 July 2007). Although there have been significant developments since then, this Update is only focused on this threat of flogging.

We held back on this information for a few days until our information agreed with that published in on 18 December 2007 and that obtained by Mrs. Fakhteh Zamani.

Obviously, the Iranian authority acts in vengeance and aims to inflicting bodily harm on the helpless victims through the callous act of flogging. This is also related to their racism as this dreadful act is inflicted mostly on none Farsi-speakers. However, the nation of Southern Azerbaijan has repeatedly demonstrated their abhorrence of this dreadful act and currently the activists rebuffed the visiting the Iranian reformist ex-president Mr. Khatami in Tebriz on 21 December 2007. In spite of stage managing his lecture in Tebriz, the event was overwhelmed by Southern Azerbaijani activists, indicating that the national movement of Southern Azerbaijan remains defiant and no incursion against Mr. Leysanli’s physical integrity shall be tolerated by Azerbaijan.

The callous nature of the threat is not in keeping with modern civilisation and in a climate where the Universal Human Rights Declaration is cherished and in which international solidarity and mandates stand firm to safeguard this Declaration. Your campaign will be of great consequence in averting tragedy and we thank you in advance for your timely response.

Yours faithfully,

Boyuk Resuloglu

The Committee for the Defence of the Rights of World Azerbaijanis

Azərbaijani Turkic

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