The Problem of Southern Azerbaijan
Date: 20 August 20088
UPDATE 2: ARBITRARY SENTENCE AGAINST MR. ELIRZA METINPUR
Further to our Communication (Ref: 468/2007; Date: 11 November 2007) and its Update 1 (Ref: 481/2008 on 22 January 2008), please find enclosed Update 2 to safeguard human rights of Mr. Elirza Metinpur, a Southern Azerbaijani cultural activist, who was arrested by the Iranian authorities and deprived of his liberty.
Mr. Metinpur (Elirza, the junior brother of the prominent human right defender Mr. Seid Metinpur) was detained and tortured twice in 2007 for his activities in promoting the Azerbaijani cultural identity and the second time was on 28 August 2007 and seemingly to pressurise to his brother to confess to terms dictated by Iranian authorities. The events since our Update 1 are as follows:
The mandates entrusted on you are the only remaining instrument for spoiling the gagging order instigated by the Iranian authorities against Mr. Metinpur in particular and against Southern Azerbaijani activists in general. We therefore appeal to your kind attention and hope that you will make a strong representation to the Iranian authorities against their futile attempt on undermining national and human rights of the nation of Azerbaijan in Southern Azerbaijan.
The Committee for the Defence of the Rights of World Azerbaijanis