No.: 479/ 2008
Date: 20 January 2008
UPDATE 1: MR. AND MRS. SEFERI HAVE BEEN TORTURED
Please find enclosed Update 1 to Communication No. 1 (Ref.: 463/2007; Date: 6 September 2007) to safeguard human rights of Mr. and Mrs. Seferi, who are deprived of their liberty by Iranian authorities. The following documents are presented for your attention:
Table 1: A report on the ordeal suffered by Mrs. Seferi
Table 2: A report on the ordeal suffered by Mr. Seferi
We have received reliable accounts on the ordeals suffered by both of them while in detention including a possible heart attach of Mrs. Seferi. The reports draw on from a number of sources and are consistent, indicating that the Iranian authorities have tortured them in each other’s presence to force a confession for the terms dictated by the security officials. We have been underlining the issue of torturing for a forced confession as a serious issue and hope that you are using your mandates to make appropriate representations against the Iranian authorities.
We would like to stress that the compilation and submission of these Communications are our initiative and we have not consulted with the victims’ family members or anyone representing their interests. We have to state this to manage reprisal risks against the victims by the Iranian authorities.
Once again we appeal to your kind attention to this case as both Mr. and Mrs. Seferi need urgent medical attention and in particular you are very likely to play an important role in saving Mrs. Seferi’s life. We hope you will act swiftly in mobilising your campaign for the release of Mr. and Mrs. Seferi. Thank you in advance for your care.
For and on behalf of
The Committee for the Defence of the Rights of World Azerbaijanis