The Problem of Southern Azerbaijan

No.: 516/2009

Date: 3 June  2009

The Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva,

Please circulate this letter to:

·         Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance

·         The Independent Expert on Minority Issues

·         The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

CC  Mr. Drewery Dyke and Mrs. Ann Harrison, Amnesty International, London

Also:   Human Rights Watch and Human Rights Server

Dear sir/madam,

GENERAL COMMUNİCATİON 4:      RACIAL INCITEMENTS IN IRAN AGAINST SOUTH AZERBAIJANIS

Please find enclosed Communication 4 on a new wave of violation of human rights of Southern Azerbaijanis by Iranian authorities, triggered by a racially motivated joke uttered by Hojjat-ul-Islam Seyyed Mohammad Khatami, a former president of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Southern Azerbaijanis have now been orchestrating well measured protests but the Iranian authorities are resorting to the appeasement of Mr. Khatami, suppressing the protesters by preventing their protests, beating them up or arbitrarily detaining them.

The overview of this episode is that Hojjat-ul-Islam Khatami tells a joke at a private party. The characters mentioned in the storyline of the joke comprise no lesser individuals than, the prophet Mohammad, his wife Khadija, his daughter Fatima and Fatima’s two sons: Hasan and Huseyn. According to the storyline, when the prophet Mohammad was walking his daughter off to her husband’s house on her wedding night, Khadija was preoccupied with the worries that this marriage, apparently blessed in heavens, was destined to the tragic death of her grandchildren. Apparently she utters the words saying that, o you little poor thing, only if you knew what our offspring will suffer (some rephrasing has been allowed to adapt to English)!

This Communication provides you with background information as follow:

Table 1:        Provides the link to the joke, its accurate and rather verbatim translation into English

Table 2:        Presents an example of the reactions by Southern Azerbaijanis and this one was issued by ADAPP, a Canadian-based Association for Defence of Azerbaijani Political Prisoners in Iran, which captures the mood of Southern Azerbaijan

Table 3:        Translates an official coverage of this racially-motivated joke by deploying soft techniques for a gentle landing of the offensive jokes

Table 4:        Provides an overview of the subsequent waves of reaction by Southern Azerbaijanis

Table 5:        Lists the name of the published detainees, some of whom have now been released on bail

Table 6:        Presents the letters from the wives of the two of the subsequent prisoners of conscience

We understand that it would be difficult for you to grasp the point of contention and easily miss the punch line of the joke. So we offer the following explanation. The subject of the joke is peculiar to the Shiite sect of Islam and has nothing to do with a race or nationality, let alone with Azerbaijan. The punch line is that at the wedding day, it would have been impossible for any of the offspring to accompany the bride, as this is particularly serious accusation in Islam for forbidding sex before marriage. Also Khadija, Prophet Mohammad’s wife, could have not known the tragic end of her grandchildren. So the storyteller must have been confused and hence the reason for the joke. So far there is nothing offensive. However, the former president implicates this storyline with the people of a historic city of Azerbaijan and another individual in the party remarks that they are Turks, aren’t they? This is a build-up for associating a nation with diminished intelligence. This trick is normally deployed by racists. Thus when such words are uttered by ordinary individuals, their acts are referred to as the incitement of racism but here they are delivered by a diplomat, and therefore the words are deemed as an outright evidence for institutional racism in Iran.

We are proclaiming that the storyline is peculiar to the Shiite sect of Islam. For instance, you may refer to the following link (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjH1S-s2AfA&feature=related – Note, on request, we can transcribe the words), where a Farsi-speaking individual delivers a different version of the same storyline in a very hysteric manner to his matching hysteric audience. By viewing this link, one could see the breeding ground of the Iranian state-run terrorism. However, it would be wrong to attribute the subject in this link to the intelligence of the honourable Farsi-speaking people or nation.

We have provided evidence in this Communication and the past ones that the institutionalised racism in Iran is colourful and crafty. In this Communication, we have exposed a glimpse of soft touch and gentle landing but they deploy other ingenious techniques as well, such the technique of diffusion. For instance, on 2 June 2009, IRNA (the official Islamic Republic News Agency) website published a statement (http://www.irna.ir/View/FullStory/?NewsId=522267) that 31 have been arrested in relation to the “turmoil” in Zahedan and Tebriz. It is simply rich to regard the protests in Tebriz as turmoil and outrageous to diffuse the democratic protests orchestrated in Azerbaijan with the armed struggle in Zahedan, Baluchistan. Indeed, the Iranian authorities are well capable of meeting force with force but completely exposed to confront with democratic movement of the nation of Azerbaijan in Southern Azerbaijan. We hold that they think they can get away by their contrived techniques and therefore we appeal to you to be particularly careful on the subtlety of their responses.

We hope you agree with us that this episode is evidence for the rotten state-run racism in Iran. The immediate impact of this episode is that already we have more than 20 prisoners of conscience, as named in Table 5, the wives of two of them have appealed for help and we provide their translation in Table 6 for your attention. The current consequence of this episode is that there is a tremendous anxiety invoked in Southern Azerbaijan. Already, the Iranian authorities are wedging in Kurdish migrants to Azerbaijani territories who regard Kurds belonging to the so-called pure race of “Aryan” and incite racial tension by sponsoring provocative acts of renaming Azerbaijani territories. The long-term impact is that our mother language is coerced out of everyday life and out of our education to say the least whilst sparing you with massive impacts of the Iranian governance on the economy and the environment of Southern Azerbaijan. The overall outcome is that Southern Azerbaijan is deprived of effective governance.

The published joke looks very genuine and some of the participants have confessed to it. However reportedly, Hojjat-ul-Islam Khatami denied his role in the published film on 27 May 2009, incredibly claiming that the film was assembled together (http://www.salaamnews.com/ShowNews.php?7541). It is incredible that such genuine looking evidence can be dismissed without even setting up an enquiry. It seems it is alright in Iran to incite racial hatred, get upset with protests, detain non-Farsi protesters, and get away by a simple denial without any official enquiry. Already some twenty individuals have been detained for their peaceful protests and Mr. Khatami has not taken responsibly for ensuring their release and not taken steps to condemn the institutionalised racism in Iran. He likes the credit for steering the dialogue of civilisations but yet he is so much as odds with Azerbaijan.

We have now provided a great deal of details for your perusal and our message is that the Iranian authorities are at a slippery slope but they have no sense to feel it. It is only your mandate that stand some chance of reminding them the entitlement of the nations of Azerbaijan in Southern Azerbaijan for the full enjoyment of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We rally for your protest against the Iranian institutionalised racism. We thank you in advance for your care.

Yours faithfully,

Eli Tashkent

The Committee for the Defence of the Rights of World Azerbaijanis
 

Table 1  An Accurate Translation of the Joke by Hojjat-ul-Islam Khatami, a Former President of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjH1S-s2AfA&feature=related

Transcription By Elirza Qulunci

Khatami: “ they were so and so, and his expertise was on pastoral tragic recitals [characteristic of the Shiites], i.e. the story of the wedding of her highness Zehra [prophet Mohammad’s daughter, generally known as Fatima]. His speciality was his particular way of deliverance and Erdebil-ians (the people of Erdebil) used to like his way very much, which is a reflection of the genius of Erdebilians.”

One of the attendants: “in a nutshell, he was a Turk.” Laughter.

“He [the pastor] said, on the wedding night of her highness [Zehra] and whilst she was being taken [to her wedding] home, his highness prophet [Mohammad] was moving in front of her highness Zehra. Imam Hasan was on her right hand side and Imam Huseyn was on her left hand side. Her highness Khadija [Zehra’s mother] was beating up her chest [and uttering the words that] o my poor little thing, only if you knew what is waiting for your children (literal translation: let me sacrifice myself for your would-be-victim children).”

The laughter of the audience.

He continues: “well, this is what Erdebil is. (we do not know the meaning of his following words: hala be men migen to chera tu sofre-ye eqd aftabi)”

Note 1:   The standard way of addressing the Shiites holy persons is “Hezret + the name of the individual,” and hezret has been translated here as his/her highness.

Note 2:   Joke 2 is given another Ayatollah, which is more explicit in racial abuse but we are not translating it, as the first joke is more than enough. The texts within square brackets are added by the translator to help the English readers to understand the text better.

Note 3:   The specific reason for naming the above city is that this historic Azerbaijani city is the hinterland of the historic Azerbaijan and therefore delivering a blow to this city is delivering a blow to larger Azerbaijan. It is a well-calculated attack.

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Table 2  Press Release by the Canadian Based Association for Defence of Azerbaijani Political Prisoners in Iran (ADAPP) – Source: http://azlink.info/saz.aspx

 

PRESS RELEASE: FORMER PRESIDENT OF IRAN INSULTS AZERBAIJANI MINORITY

VANCOUVER – Protests have erupted this week in three Iranian cities after former Iranian president Mohammed Khatami made degrading comments about the Azerbaijani minority in Iran.


On May 14th, a video emerged on the Internet which showed Khatami belittling ethnic Azerbaijanis at a gathering of Iran’s reformist politicians, referring to the ethnic group as a community of unintelligent and foolish people.

 

Among the identifiable attendees were prominent mullahs as well as representatives of presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi, all of whom were either laughing or contributing to the racist jokes.

 

Thus far, four college students – Hamid Hasan Zare, Babek Minaqi, Ali Imani and Peyman Imani – have been identified among those who were arrested by federal police during protests in Tabriz. Demonstrations also took place in Tehran and Urmia. Activist groups have said they will continue their demonstrations until Khatami formally apologizes for his remarks.


“President Khatami advocated a dialogue between civilizations, yet he entertains his fellow reformists with racist jokes against Azerbaijanis,” says Fakhteh Zamani, president of the Association for the Defence of Azerbaijani Political Prisoners,” a Vancouver-based organization.


Iranian Azerbaijanis (in the Source document it is: Azerbaijani Iranians) are ethnic Turks who make up between 25 and 30 per cent of the Iranian population. They are regularly discriminated against by the Persian majority. A cartoon published in the state-run newspaper Iran in 2006 compared Azerbaijanis to cockroaches and suggested various methods of exterminating them.


The public backlash against Khatami’s comments has so far not been as severe as the protests against the publication of the cartoon, but has the potential to become much more widespread unless Khatami issues a formal apology to Iranian Azerbaijanis.


Preliminary reports show that about dozens of prisoners were detained in Tehran, Tabriz and Urmia and it is believed that some may have been released. It is still unclear if the four protesters in Tabriz have released.


ADAPP will continue monitoring and reporting on any further developments that arise.

For more information contact:


Fakhteh Zamani - President, Association for the Defence of Azerbaijani Political Prisoners


+1-604-677-2524
adapp.info@gmail.com
www.adapp.info

ADAPP (the transcription of Some of the names into English have been matched with Azerbaijani instead of using Farsi style)


 

Table 3      The Coverage of Abusive Joke of the Former Iranian President by an Official Iranian Website Baztab (Note that the coverage deploys diversionary soft techniques to minimise damage) – Source http://www.baztabonline.com/fa/pages/?cid=33442

The publication of offensive anecdote (travesty) by Khatami

 

The publication of a film by some of reformist officials has set up a wave of dissatisfaction among our Azerbaijani fellow countrymen.

 

According to reports by Jahan, Seyyed Mohammad Khatami describe jokes and anecdotes in relation to Azeri-speakers on 23 May in a private party in the presence of Majid Ansari, Eshaq Jehangiri and a number of other high ranking persons. Parts of this film, which is in the Internet now, our country’s former president recounts a memoir related to Azeri-speakers and entertains the audience by laughter and describes a Turkic joke [translator’s note: a joke intended for the Turks], unsuitable in accent and expression.

 

This is in a background where Mir Hossein Mousavi intends to travel to Azerbaijan [for his presidential campaigns] in the coming days. He has said in his sessions that he intends to deliver his speeches for the people of territories. However, after the publication of this film and the full support of Khatami from Mir Hossein, the region of Azerbaijan is now covered with a wave of general dissatisfaction for this initiative and expression of the anecdote by Khatami.

 

It should be mentioned that the organisations responsible for the prevention of crisis in the region and prevention of negative consequence are seeking measures to resolve this problem.

 

Translator’s note: the text is full of soft touches and air brushes to achieve gentle landing and we hope the reader will notice them. For instance this coverage regards the incident as an anecdote (Latifa) where it is an outright racially motivated joke. There is one or more instance of ambiguity as well and a warning at the end promising repressions. The last one is very credible and already biting badly.

Baztab

 

 

Table 4     Example of the Widespread Reactions of Southern Azerbaijanis against the Debasing Joke by the Former Iranian President – the list goes on and still a hot topic but we aimed to reflect the importance of the subject rather than to be exhaustive

No

Date

An introduction to the Reaction

Source

1

17-18 May 09

The first news emerged in Azerbaijani websites

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6697

2

17 May 09

The first Communiqué  by the Student of Tebriz University

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6698

3

18 May 09

The first reaction by Activists of Merend

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6699

4

18 May 09

The reactions of Azerbaijani students of Tehran University, Faculty of Medicine

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6700

5

19 May 09

Statement by students of open University, Tehran

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6701

6

19 May 09

The sit-in Protest by the students of Nur University in Tebriz

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6706

7

19 May 09

Statements by students from universities in Maragha, Binev (Binab) and Melik-kendi

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6707

8

19 May 09

Statements by students from the University of Science and Technology, Tehran

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6710

9

19 May 09

Repressive measures by Iranian authorities against Azerbaijani activists of Urmu

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6712

10

19 May 09

Statement 2: by Azerbaijani students of Tehran University, Faculty of Medicine

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6713

11

19 May 09

Statement by Erdebil activists of the Azerbaijani national movement

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6714

12

20 May 09

Elshen Ordubadli appeals to 8 religious authorities by an open letter

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6716

13

20 May 09

Statement by students of Urmu University

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6724

14

20 May 09

A low-ranking individual resigns

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6725

15

20 May 09

Confrontation between pro-Khatami students and activists of the Azerbaijani national movement and beating up of the activists

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6727

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6733

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6735

16

20 May 09

Protests of religious Azerbaijani association of Kerej

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6730

17

20 May 09

Statement by activists of Tebriz

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6732

18

21 May 09

Statement of Zengan activists

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6733

19

21 May 09

Statement by Urmu activists of the Open University in Urmu

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6736

20

21 May 09

Calling for a public protest in Urmu

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6739

21

21 May 09

Statement 2 by students of Tebriz University

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6740

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6741

22

21 May

Statement by students of Tebriz Applied Science University

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6742

23

21 May 09

Collective Statement by students of the Universities in the Azerbaijani provinces of Qezvin, Hemedan and the Central Province.

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6743

24

 

Expression of support to a resigned official by graduates of the Medical faculty of Tebriz University

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6744

25

21 May 09

Call for protests by students in Erdebil and Gilan provinces

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6745

26

21 May 09

Statement by students of Teacher Training University in Tehran

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6747

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6749

27

21 May 09

Statement by the Federation of Southern Azerbaijani students in Turkey

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6748

28

21 May 09

Campaign for Presidential Elections is transformed into protest in Zengan

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6750

29

21 May 09

Widely distributed leaflets in Tebriz

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6752

30

22 May 09

Street protests in Urmu

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6754

31

22 May 09

The first of repressive measure by detention starts in Tebriz

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6755

32

22 May 09

Widely distributed leaflets in Urmu

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6756

33

22 May 09

Statement by activists in Khoy

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6757

34

22 May 09

Another statement by students of Teacher Training University in Tehran

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6758

35

22 May 09

Protests in the Azerbaijan Teacher Training University, Tebriz

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6759

36

22 May 09

Suppression in Miyana to prevent street protests

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6761

37

22 May 09

Repressive acts in Tebriz against protesters, some coverage by VOA, leading to the detention of a number of activists

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6762

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6763

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6775

38

May 09

Statement by student of Zengan University

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6764

39

22 May 09

Statement by students of Germi University

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6766

40

22 May 09

Statement by activists of Miyana

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6767

41

22 May 09

Statements by activists of Shebuster

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6768

42

22 May 09

Statement by Azerbaijani students of Emir Kebir University in Tehran

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6769

43

22 May 09

Call for protests by Turkic students of Tehran University

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6770

44

23 May 09

Call for protests in Urmu

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6774

45

23 May 09

Protests by students of the Teacher Training, Tehran

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6778

46

23 May 09

Sit-in Protests by students of Shehid Rejai University

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6779

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6782

47

23 May 09

Street protests in Urmu

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6780

48

23 May 09

Obtaining license for protests in Urmu Open University

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6783

49

24 May 09

Urmu protests were severely suppressed

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6785

50

24 May 09

Zengan University is in tension

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6786

51

24 May 09

Protests in Open University, Urmu

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6790

52

24 May 09

Azerbaijani Protests in presidential campaigns in Zengan

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6791

53

24 May 09

Repression in Qoshachay, 2 detained

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6792

54

24 May 09

Protests of Turkic students of Tehran University

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6794

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6796

55

24 May 09

Statement by students of the Sharif University of Technology, Tehran

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6795

56

24 May 09

Statement by people of Tikantepe

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6797

57

24 May 09

Protests in front of Iranian Embassy in Ankara, Turkey

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6798

58

24 May 09

Statement 3 by student of Medical Science, University of Tehran

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6799

59

24 May 09

Protests in Khoy in the presidential Election campaigns

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6800

60

24 May 09

Statement of the Zengan Open University

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6803

61

24 May 09

The Erdebil Member of the Iranian parliament called for an apology from the former president Khatami. This is quite unusual.

http://www.savalansesi.com/2009/05/blog-post_387.html

62

25 May 09

Statements of Turkic students of Esfahan University

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6806

63

25 May 09

Statement 2 of Urmu Activists

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6807

64

25 May 09

Statement 2 of Zengan activists

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6808

65

25 May 09

Call for protests by students of the Emir kebir University of technology

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6814

66

25 May 09

Musavi’s presidential campaign in Tebriz was converted into protests

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6820

67

25 May 09

Azerbaijani alumni issue a general statement

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6823

68

25 May 09

Protests in Tebriz

 

69

25 May 09

Protests in the Tehran University of Science and Technology

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6832

70

27 May 09

Statements by Turkic student of Esfahan University

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6838

71

31 May 09

Statement by Qaradagh activists against Khatami’s denial

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6865

72

31 May 09

Someone should clarify Khatami what is an assembled film!

http://armanazer.blogfa.com/post-1779.aspx

73

31 May 09

Statement by Merend activists against Khatami’s denial

http://www.oyrenci.com/News.aspx?newsId=6870

 

Table 5     The Detentions Following of Southern Azerbaijanis by Iranian Authorities following the Racially-motivated Joke by the Former Iranian President (Source: Tebriz sesi and other websites – the status of some of the detainees are yet to be confirmed)

                 Some of the detainees have been released on bail.

No

Name and Surname

City

Date arrested

Circumstances

1

Armin Shakiran Vahi

Tebriz

24 May 09

Arrested in Tebriz while taking part in an ongoing campaign for presidential election and using the opportunity for protests

2

Aydin Zakiri

Khiyov

31 May 09

Source: http://www.savalansesi.com/2009/06/blog-post_01.html

3

Babek Miyneqi

Tebriz

24 May 09

Arrested in Tebriz while taking part in an ongoing campaign for presidential election and using the opportunity for protests

4

Bayram Khaliqzade

Tebriz

22 May 09

Arrested while taking part in street protests

5

Behzad Sadiqiyan

Tebriz

22 May 09

Arrested while taking part in street protests

6

Eli Imani

Khiyov

24 May 09

Arrested in Tebriz while taking part in an ongoing campaign for presidential election and using the opportunity for protests. The victim is a student reading a degree in agriculture.

7

Eli Islami

Tebriz

22 May 09

Arrested while taking part in street protests

8

Eli Sadiqi

Tebriz

24 May 09

Arrested in Tebriz while taking part in an ongoing campaign for presidential election and using the opportunity for protests

9

Elirza Fershi

Tebriz

22 May 09

Arrested while taking part in street protests, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWRBSo9g75g 

10

Esger Chemeni

Tebriz

22 May 09

Arrested while taking part in street protests

11

Esger Qedimi

Merend

24 May 09

Arrested in Tebriz while taking part in an ongoing campaign for presidential election and using the opportunity for protests. The victim is a university student.

12

Ferdin Muradpur

Tebriz

22 May 09

Arrested while taking part in street protests

13

Ferdin Novbekht

Khiyov

31 May 09

Source: http://www.savalansesi.com/2009/06/blog-post_01.html

14

Ferid Baqirzade

Tebriz

24 May 09

Arrested in Tebriz while taking part in an ongoing campaign for presidential election and using the opportunity for protests

15

Hale Fehti

Tebriz

22 May 09

Arrested while taking part in street protests

16

Hamid Huseyn Zare

Tebriz

24 May 09

Arrested in Tebriz while taking part in an ongoing campaign for presidential election and using the opportunity for protests

17

 Jahanbekhsh Bekhtaver

Tebriz

24 May 09

Arrested in Tebriz for taking part in a campaign

18

Mehdi Imani

Khiyov

24 May 09

Arrested in Tebriz, where his is a student reading a degree in agriculture. He was taking part in a campaign

19

Mensur Seyfi

Khiyov

31 May 09

Source: http://www.savalansesi.com/2009/06/blog-post_01.html

20

Murtuza Muradpur

Tebriz

24 May 09

Arrested in Tebriz, a university student in Usgu who was handed over by his dormitory keeper for taking part in street demonstrations on 22 May

21

Nadir Bekhtaver

Tebriz

24 May 09

Arrested in Tebriz while taking part in an ongoing campaign for presidential election and using the opportunity for protests

22

Rehim Qulami

Erdebil

30 May 09

Source: http://www.savalansesi.com/2009/06/blog-post_4259.html

23

Resul Bedeli

Tebriz

23 May 09

Were arrested in Tebriz his house together with his brothers

24

Seher Fehti

Tebriz

22 May 09

Arrested in Tebriz while taking part in street protests

25

Sejjad Ezizian

Qoshachay

22 May 09

Source: http://www.savalansesi.com/2009/05/blog-post_8572.html

26

Sejjad Qarabaghli

Tebriz

22 May 09

Arrested in Tebriz while taking part in street protests

27

Shiri

Qoshachay

22 May 09

Source: http://www.savalansesi.com/2009/05/blog-post_8572.html

28

Vehid Aghacani

Tebriz

22 May 09

Arrested in Tebriz while taking part in street protests

 

Table 6  Open Letter by the Wives of Jahanbekhsh Bekhtaver and Nadir Bekhtaver to the Media and High Court of Iran – Source: http://www.savalansesi.com/2009/06/blog-post_5591.html

                    Note: both of these prisoners of conscience have now been released on bail

Dear sir,

At the wake of the tenth presidential election of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and whilst each one of the candidates were engaged in promising and serving slogans for freedom and reform, regrettably security and information agents attacked individuals seeking the recognition for their due national rights recognised by law and as such the agent abused the atmosphere suitable for the ongoing pre-election campaigns.

In the course of these events, we, Siddiqe Semedi (maiden surname) and Fatima Keremi (maiden surname) appeal to you that our respective husbands called Jahanbekhsh Bekhtaver and Nadir Bekhtaver were arrested by security and information agents in Tebriz, violating Articles 23, 32 and 37 and the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the standards upheld by the Universal Human Rights Declaration. They were taking part in the election campaign organised by Mr. Mousavi. We have repeatedly referred to the appropriate authorities to obtain any information on the whereabouts of our husbands but are in vain. We are appealing to you by this open letter and whilst we protest to the illegal acts of security and information agents, we request for your kind attention to take any necessary steps to ensure their immediate release.

29 May 2009

With regards

Siddiqe Semedi  and Fatima Keremi

نامه سرگشاده همسران جهانبخش بخت آور و نادر بخت آور به دیوان عالی کشور و رسانه ها

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