No: 377/ 2006
Date: 7 September 2006
Mrs. Harrison, Amnesty International, London
CC The Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva,
Please circulate this letter to the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (also for Fair Trials)
Dear Mrs. Harrison,
Re BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON ASMEK
It is probably appropriate to consolidate your background knowledge about ASMEK. In relation to the detention of Mr. Rza ABBASI, an article was reissued recently, which outlines the salient aspect of ASMEK. We are providing you the translation of this article. The source document is in Turkish (Anatolian Turkish but not Turkic Azerbaijani) and was issued two years ago in Tebriz Sesi (The Voice of Tebriz). The reissued article was recently published in various websites including http://www.dyol.blogfa.com/.
Generally, ASMEK members are your comrade in Southern Azerbaijan but function under extremely difficult conditions. They defend human rights at a considerable risk to themselves. We very much hope that something solid will turn up, as regards your campaign for Mr. Rza Abbasi, a cofounder of ASMEK, who is now arbitrarily detained.
We are also pleased to let know you know that Mr. Elirza Javanbekht Quluncu was elected as the spokesman of the ASMEK.
Chairperson of the Committee for the Defence of the Rights of World Azerbaijanis