1. Date of arrest:
28 August 2007
2. Place of arrest:
It has now been fully established that the Office of the
Ministry of Information had made a telephone call to the
father of Mrs. Seferi (or possibly to her father-in-law)
informing that Mrs. Leyla Heyderi (Her marriage name Seferi)
can visit her husband on 28 August 2007 at a set time.
However, Mrs Seferi was abducted by security forces at the
set time and within the office of the Ministry of
Information in Zengan. (http://haqqimiz.blogfa.com/post-586.aspx)
Forces who carried out the arrest or are believed to have
carried it out:
arrested or rather abducted by security agents of the
Ministry of Information in Zengan.
Did they show a warrant or other decision by a public
(No) The victim was allured to the office of the Ministry of
Information in Zengan and was abducted there.
5. Authority who issued the warrant or
6. Relevant legislation applied (if known):
Demonstrably, this is the case of abduction and the
abductors do not apply any legislation but their own
1. Date of detention:
It is difficult to know when and at what stage the victim
was detained, as in Iran these are highly nebulous concepts
due to arbitrary acts of the authorities.
Duration of detention (if not known, probable duration):
The ordeal on the
victim is Ongoing.
holding the detainee under custody:
During the detention, they would be held by the prison
authority but the Ministry of Information, the Internal
Ministry or the Ministry of Justice would all collude with
each other. Therefore, it is highly likely that the prison
authorities (if she is in prison) were manipulated directly
by the Ministry of Information.
4. Places of detention
(indicate any transfer and present place of detention):
There is no official communiqué and the
Southern Azerbaijani human right defenders has not yet
established her whereabouts.
5. Authorities that
ordered the detention:
As in III.3
6. Reasons for the
detention imputed by the authorities:
is no official indictment or communiqué.
Our opinion is that, Iranian authorities are desperate to
force out false confessions from Southern Azerbaijan
prisoners of conscience. The urgent action by Amnesty
also holds a similar statement in relation to the case of
Mr. Metinpur, a Southern Azerbaijani human right defender
who is a prisoner of conscience now. For a long time Iranian
authorities were hoping to have a “fruitful torture,” as a
result of which at least some of Southern Azerbaijani
prisoners of conscience would yield and agree for confession
under torture. However, the resolve of our prisoners of
conscience has defeated the Iranian authorities.
Together with this Communication, we also submit another
companion Communication regarding the ordeal of her husband.
Her husband was also abducted sometimes around 20 June 2007
but activists and friends suspected it after a week.
Apparently Mrs. Seferi and the brother of Mrs. Seferi denied
the situation, informing the friends that Behruz Seferi has
traveled to Beyjar, his hometown, and will be coming back.
The curious friends and activists were not satisfied with
this and after a great deal of investigation, the conclusion
was that Behruz Seferi was detained by the Iranian
authorities but his brother and his wife, Mrs. Seferi
yielded to the intimations by security agents and did not
confirm the situation.
Curously, this family is one of the first one who had
directly yielded to the intimidations and they are the first
one who has been victimized, i.e. abducting the wife of this
prisoner of conscience.
As regards the character of Mrs. Leyla Seferi, she is
renowned for her steadfast resolve to safeguard her Turkic
Azerbaijani identity and nationality. Our Report, Ref:
372/2006 on 28 August 2006 describes the instance that Mrs.
Leyla Heyderi (marriage name Seferi) was the constant point
of harassment by Iranian authorities to shut down her
bookshop, named Chichek, which means flower in
Azerbaijani Turkic. She was transformed into a bastion of
resistance then and it is highly uncharacteristic of Mrs.
Seferi to yield in this instance. One therefore uses this
instance to extrapolate the level of intimidation that she
was subjected to. By the same token, we fear for her safety.
legislation applied (if known):
As there are no imputed charges, relevant
legislation underpinning the abduction are not known.
circumstances of the arrest and/or the detention and
indicate precise reasons why you consider the arrest or
detention to be arbitrary
Building on our various reports, Communications and letters
to yourselves and Amnesty International as well as on a host
of Urgent Actions and General Statements issued by Amnesty
provide a wealth of information that Iranian authorities are
acting in anger towards spearheading their racist policies.
Indicate internal steps, including domestic remedies,
taken especially with the legal and administrative
authorities, particularly for the purpose of establishing
the detention and, as appropriate, their results or the
reasons why such steps or remedies were ineffective or why
they were not taken
We have consistently argued that any victim affiliated to
the national movement of Southern Azerbaijan is treated
arbitrarily by Iranian authorities. In this case, the victim
was probably hopeful to be helpful to her husband by meeting
her without realizing that she is being allured towards
Full name and address of the person(s) submitting the
information (telephone and fax number, if possible)
Mr. Boyuk Resuloglu
On behalf of:
The Committee for the Defence of the Rights of World
Ayna, Sherifzade 1, Baki, Azerbaijan;
6 September 2007
This questionnaire should be addressed to the Working Group
on Arbitrary Detention, OHCHR-UNOG, 1211 Geneva 10,
Switzerland, fax No. (41-22) 917.90.06.