Date: 28 January 2008
The Problem of Southern Azerbaijan
GENERAL COMMUNICATION 1: IRANIAN SUSPECT GOVERNANCE IN SOUTHERN AZERBAIJAN
Please find enclosed a General Communication for an overview of the Iranian suspect governance against Southern Azerbaijan including their onslaught against national and human rights. We have submitting general communications for a long time (e.g. Ref: 472/2007 Date: 10 December 2007) but will now number them.
Now we are living in the age of human rights where the quality of the governance is judged by the integrity of human rights and arresting the environmental degradation and improving it through decision making by participation. The evidence provided below is a glimpse of the Iranian governance over Southern Azerbaijan hardly reflecting any norm of decision-making by participation or fermenting the culture of human rights but full of ill-intentions beyond mismanagement. The evidence is as follows:
Table 1: The Statement of Southern Azerbaijani Intellectuals to the Iranian Majlis warning them against the Iranian continued incursions against the Mother Language of Southern Azerbaijan
Table 2: Revoking the re-election of Dr E’lemi and others from Southern Azerbaijan to the Iranian Majlis
Table 3: Underlining the Iranian appetite for land-grabbing from the internal nations, as opposing to protecting their territorial integrity
Table 4: Evidences for the various forms of suppression by the Iranian authorities in Southern Azerbaijan
Table 5: Hardships imposed by the ongoing extreme winter temperature and systemic Iranian negligence
Table 6: Recent Floggings –a Communication is being complied on the Iranian way of releasing on bail
Table 7: Recent Sentences Passed by the Iranian Authorities Against Southern Azerbaijanis
Table 8: A list of prisoners of conscience – we have no precise idea at this moment.
The evidence presented in this General Communication typifies the status quo in Southern Azerbaijan and are indicative of the suspect governance of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Southern Azerbaijan. We have not presented any evidence yet on how the Iranian authorities are diverting natural resources from Southern Azerbaijan to Farsi-speaker provinces and dump waist in our territories. We appeal for your attention that the intriguing Iranian approach to the governance in Southern Azerbaijan cannot be seen as incompetence or mismanagement but as ill-intentions and an abuse of authority to be engaged in colonial land grabbing acts.
As you know the Islamic Republic of Iran is an under-signatory to human rights conventions and those on the right to self-determination. We are therefore rallying for your campaign for the realisation of these rights to Southern Azerbaijan by seeking accountability from the Iranian authorities. The national movement of Southern Azerbaijan has shown a high degree of maturity and your campaign will be a tremendous incentive for the further establishment of human rights in Southern Azerbaijan. We thank you in advance for your care.
The Committee for the Defence of the Rights of World Azerbaijanis