Date: 21 January 2008
UPDATE 4: MR. METINPUR WAS TORTURED WITH URGENT NEED TO MEICAL CARE
Further to our Update No 3 (Ref. 475/2007, Date 21 December 2007), please find enclosed Update No 4 to safeguard human rights of Mr. Seid Metinpur, a distinguished human rights defender of Southern Azerbaijan persecuted arbitrarily by Iranian authorities.
We have received reliable accounts on the ordeal suffer by Mr. Metinpur while in detention. Table 1 draws on from a number of sources and is consistent, indicating that the Iranian authorities have tortured Mr. Metinpur 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 Mr. Metinpur need urgent medical attention. We hope you will act swiftly in mobilising your campaign for the release of Mr. Metinpur. Thank you in advance for your care.
For and on behalf of
The Committee for the Defence of the Rights of World Azerbaijanis