The Problem of Southern Azerbaijan
Date: 25 August 2008
UPDATE 2: ARBITRARY SENTENCE AGAINST MR. JELIL QENILU
Further to our Communication 1 (Ref: 457/2007; Date: 4 July 2007) and its Update 1 (Ref: 482/2008 on 24 January 2008), please find enclosed Update 2 to safeguard human rights of Mr. Jelil Qenilu, a Southern Azerbaijani freelance journalist, who was arrested by the Iranian authorities, was tortured and deprived of his liberty.
Mr. Qenilu was detained and tortured three times in 2007 for his activities in promoting the Azerbaijani cultural identity and the third time was on 27 June 2007 in relation to the first anniversary of the May 2006 Mass Protests and the annual Babek Assembly. 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. Qenilu 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