No.: 462/ 2007
Date: 2 Sept 2007
The Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva
this letter to the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and
protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. Also
this Communication is relevant to the following Special Raporteurs:
Working Group on arbitrary detention;
Special Rapporteur on the independence
Special Rapporteur on contemporary
forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance.
CC Mr Dyke, and Mrs.
Harrison, Amnesty International, London
Re COMMUNICATION No. 1 ON MRS. MINA KAMRANI
Please find enclosed Communication No. 1 submitted for the attention
of the Special Raporteur on the promotion and protection of
the right to freedom of opinion and expression of
Mrs. Kamrani. She is a tireless campaigner
for her husband, Mr. Kamrani, a distinguished human rights lawyer of
Southern Azerbaijani national movement and a human rights defender.
The Communication in Table 1, presents our assessment of risks to
Mrs. Kamrani by intimidations of Iranian security agents. As such,
there is no opportunity for such individuals to exercise their right
to freedom of opinion and expression.
We would like to
stress that the compilation and submission of this Communication is
our initiative and we have not consulted with Mrs. Kamrani, her
family members or anyone representing her interests. We state this
to manage the risk of reprisal against her by the Iranian
Once again we appeal to you to act on this case for safeguarding the
human rights and safety of Mr. Kamrani and her family members.
For and on behalf of
The Committee for the
Defence of the Rights of World Azerbaijanis
Table 1: Communication to Safeguard
the Rights of Mrs. Mina Kamrani
Allegation regarding the person:
Description of the violation of the right to freedom of
opinion and expression, including date, location and
circumstances of the event;
This Communication presents the case of Mrs. Mina Kamrani,
the wife of a prisoner of conscience, Mr. Saleh Kamrani. She
is constantly intimidated by Iranian authorities in a
variety of ways. We have written to you in the past and
informed you of the techniques employed by the Iranian
authorities to harass the family members of the prisoners of
conscience (see our Communication Ref.: 416/2006 on 29
November 2006) and the case of Mrs. Kamrani is similar and
Mrs. Mina Kamrani. Her maiden name is Esgeri (which may be
transcribed as Asghari)
We do not know her age.
She is a Southern Azerbaijani national, a citizen of the
Islamic Republic of Iran – her ethnic/national affiliation
is one of the central issues, as she campaigns for the
official recognition of mother tongue of Azerbaijani Turkic.
We have no direct knowledge of her
Mrs. Kamrani campaigns for the release of her husband who
has been imprisoned arbitrarily by Iranian authorities for
legally defending human rights of the activists of national
movement of Southern Azerbaijan and indeed minority
nationalities in Iran as well. We are confident that you are
well aware of the case (for more background see Urgent
Actions by Amnesty International e.g.:
and for a recent one
please refer to
Her husband’s ordeals should also be seen in the background
of the May 2006 Mass Protests, which swept throughout
Southern Azerbaijan in response to a State-sponsored abuse
of the national integrity of Southern Azerbaijanis. An
estimated 2 million people took part in these protests.
Since then, Mr. Kamrani has been a target to the Iranian
authorities to gag him and prevent him from defending
hundreds of innocent activists who are being stitched by
security agents with arbitrary charges.
It is widely known that Mr. Kamrani is a human rights lawyer
and does not have any affiliation to any organization and
this equally applies to his wife, Mrs. Kamrani. They are
fully committed to peace and democracy.
Past or present
participation in political, social, ethnic or labour
To our knowledge, Mrs.
Kamrani does not participate in any political, social or
Information on other
specific activities relating to the alleged violation.
Mrs. Kamrani has been
subjected to numerous intimidations and she is outspoken on
this. For more information, you may refer to the following:
In general, we have written to you in the past that the wife
of a prisoner of conscience in Southern Azerbaijan is forced
to social exclusion by the Iranian security agents. For
instance, the wife of a prisoner of conscience cannot go
outside for the fear of being arrested.
Allegation regarding a medium of communication:
description of the alleged infringement on the right:
Mrs. Kamrani has
exercised her right to freedom of opinion and expression and
campaigned for the release of her husband, Mr. Kamrani, as
well as the rights of Southern Azerbaijanis and women in
Iran and Southern Azerbaijan. However, her right is
infringed by the Iranian authorities.
The nature of the medium
affected (e.g. newspapers, independent radio); including
circulation and frequency of publication or broadcasting,
public performances, etc
not have any specific information on this.
Political orientation of
the medium (if relevant).
are not aware of any political orientation, other than the
solid commitment of the family to purely democratic means
and the exercise of human right principles. They are renown
for not compromising human rights.
Information regarding the alleged perpetrators:
Name, State affiliation
(e.g. military, police) and reasons why they are considered
The intimidating agents are often
harboured by the Ministry of Intelligence through security
agents. These are often nebulous overtly organized
militia groups that are heard of but not seen. It is
impossible to be more specific than this.
Mrs. Kamrani is constantly harassed by
such agents in Tehran, where the family lives.
actors, description of how they relate to the State (e.g.
cooperation with or support by State security forces);
applicable, State encouragement or tolerance of activities
of non-State actors, whether groups or individuals,
including threats or use of violence and harassment against
individuals exercising their right to freedom of opinion and
expression, including the right to seek, receive and impart
No one knows who these security
agents are but they are certainly harboured by the Ministry
of Intelligence officials. They often can get away with
anything they do.
Information related to State actions:
If the incident involves
restrictions on a medium (e.g. censorship, closure of a news
organ, banning of a book, etc.); the identity of the
authority involved (individual and/or ministry and/or
department), the legal statute invoked, and steps taken to
seek domestic remedy;
If the incident involves
arrest of an individual or individuals, the identity of the
authority involved (individual and/or ministry and/or
department), the legal statute invoked, location of
detention if known, information on provision of access to
legal counsel and family members, steps taken to seek
domestic remedy or clarification of person's situation and
It is impossible to provide the details of the agents who
inflict intimidation acts, as the Iranian authorities are
extremely careful to cover their tracks.
applicable, information on whether or not an investigation
has taken place and, if so, by what ministry or department
of the Government and the status of the investigation at the
time of submission of the allegation, including whether or
not the investigation has resulted in indictments.
The government, Ministry of
Intelligence, their overt agents, and Ministry of Justice
officials often collude together.
Information on the source of the communications:
and full address:
Ayna, Sherifzade 1,
The Republic of Azerbaijan
Telephone and fax numbers and e-mail address (if possible):
Name, address, phone/fax
numbers and e-mail address (if applicable) of person or
organization submitting the allegation.
Note that DunAzHAK is an NGO
devoted to the defence of human rights.