The Problem of Southern Azerbaijan
Say (No.): 535/2011
İlaygün (Date): 22 March 2011
The Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva,
Please circulate to the
Special Representative of the Secretary-General on human rights
defenders, and to
Special Rapporteur for the Right to Health.
It is relevant to:
Special Rapporteur on
the independence of judges and lawyers
Working Group on Arbitrary Detention
Special Rapporteur on
contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and
Independent Expert on Minority Issues
CC Mr. Dyke and
Mrs. Harrison, Amnesty International, London
various news media
A Southern Azerbaijani prisoner of
2: Mrs Etiyye Metinpur: THE TRUTH IS THAT I FAIL TO UNDERSTAND THE REASON
FOR AN AUTHORITY TO BE OBSTINATE TOWARDS THE CASE OF AN INDIVIDUAL
Please find enclosed Update 2
on the severe heart condition that Mr. Seid Metinpur is suffering now. He is
a distinguished human rights defender of Southern Azerbaijan, who is now a
prisoner of conscience arbitrarily deprived of his right to health and
liberty by Iranian authorities. He is in an urgent need of medical
Mr. Metinpur has now turned to
the symbol of national consciousness of Southern Azerbaijan. His sufferings
are pulsating the suffering of the 30 million Turkic nation in Southern
Azerbaijan and his upbeat resolve to resist the arbitrary acts of the
Iranian racism is aspiring the activists of the national movement of
Since our Update 1 (Ref:
522/2010, Date: 8 February 2010) regarding his first heart attack,
Mr. Metinpur has suffered such attacks twice. We were unable to report the
second one and therefore this update is concerned with his third heart
attack problems. The documents/information provided in this Update are:
This provides the translation of an interview given by Mrs. Etiyye Metinpur,
wife of Mr. Seid Metinpur to radio Farda (the date of interview: 13
This provides the translation of two new items reflecting the way Mr.
Metinpur has turned to a focal point of Southern Azerbaijan.
This reflects the international campaign for the release of Mr. Metinpur.
We would like to stress once
again that in compiling this Communication, we have not consulted with Mr.
Metinpur’s family or anyone else for that matter. It is necessary to mention
this to manage the risk of reprisals by the Iranian authorities against him
and his family.
Mr. Metinpur is a distinguished
human rights defender, a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned arbitrarily and
now deprived of his right to health. Evidently, Mrs. Metinpur has exhausted
all the means to secure the treatment of her husband. We would like to
remind you that you are the authority with an international mandate
responsible able to secure Mr. Metinpur’s health. The justice for Mr.
Metinpur and securing his health now rests in your hands.
We thank you in advance for
Chairperson of the Committee for the Defence of the Rights of World
Table 1: Mrs. Etiyye
Metinpur’s campaign for Proper Medical Treatment to her Husband:
Translation of the Interview given by her to Radio Farda
The transcription of the questions and answers
are taken from:
Mrs. Etiyye Metinpur (her maiden surname is Tahiri or Taheri of
transcribed according to Persian pronounciations) is an arduous
campaigner for her husband. We understand that typically. The
families of Southern Azerbaijani prisoners of conscience are under
threat not to campaign for their loved ones. We assume that Mrs.
Metinpur’s campaigns are just bare minimum that she is able to do,
even though the whole family members are fully committed to
observing the law of land, irrespective of their opinion of the law.
Mrs. Etiyye Metinpur described the background to Radio Farda that:
when Seid’s “sentence was carried out by imprisoning him on 12 July
2009, he suffered a heart attack after a month or so and when he
explained the situation I was working on the case to get a temporary
release to him but my efforts were in vain. I discussed his
conditions by a number of doctors. My understanding from these
consultations was that this condition should be regarded as serious
shout it be repeated. Regrettably, a similar condition was repeated
about six months later. Unfortunately, the condition happened again
one month ago when Seid suffered a heart attack for the third time.
However, all of our efforts have been in vain despite the fact that
Seid is legally entitled for a temporary release, as well as we have
been persistent to get a temporary release for him and the doctor in
prison has issued a letter for the attention of the judge dealing
with this case. I regret to say that no steps have been taken to
confirm Seid’s right to temporary release or even making it possible
to have Seid to be able to meet heart specialists outside prison.
Radio Farda Question: Can you explain what is the reason for [the
authority] disallowing for the treatment of the heart of your
husband in a Clinique outside prison?
Etiyye: The truth is that I fail to understand the reason for an
authority to be obstinate towards the case of an individual. Now, I
do not know what the judge has decided and I am not able to analyse
their mindsets that why do they endanger the life of an individual
who is a thinker, he holds his own ideas and he has a worldview of
his own. I fail to understand the wisdom of the authorities.
Radio Farda: Considering your husband’s conditions, now what
have you requested from the authorities?
Etiyye: We have just the single demand like always that the Iranian
authorities comply with their own laws and behave accordingly. We
want no more. On Day 1 of the arrest of my husband, we objected to
their manner of arrest but our objections remained in vain. We then
objected to the nine month arbitrary sentence of the authority. When
the court was held, it only took the judge two minutes to
pontificate the sentence of eight years of imprisonment. When the
Iranian authorities spearheaded their arbitrary sentence, they
deprived my husband from the right to temporary releases. You see
all we want is the behaviour of the authorities to be fit to the
Constitution with the people with whom they disagree.
Table 2: The Massive
campaign in Southern Azerbaijan for the Release of Mr Metinpur
Mr. Metinpur has now turned to the symbol of national consciousness
of Southern Azerbaijan. His sufferings are pulsating with the
suffering of the 30 million Turkic nation in Southern Azerbaijan and
his upbeat resolve to resist the arbitrary acts of the Iranian
racism is aspiring the activists of the national movement of
massive campaign is underway by defiant Southern Azerbaijani
activists and university students toward reinstating the human
rights of Mr. Metinpur. Below, two examples are given.
Item 1: On the Occasion of the International Woman’s Day:
the evening of the 3rd of March 2011, a group of student
and activists of the national movement of Southern Azerbaijan made
their ways from various cities (Tebriz, Urmu, Sulduz, Miyana, Khoy,
Shebuster, Heshteri ...) towards the house of Seid Metinpur in
Zengan. This was on the occasion of celebrating the International
Woman’s Day and these activities aimed to meet Mrs. Etiyye Metinpur,
the Southern Azerbaaijani heroine and wife of Mr Seid Metinpur. They
were arrested by security forces in a makeshift check point in
Miyana. The mobiles and personal belongings of these individuals
were confiscated upon their arrest and afterwards they were
transferred to an inspection centre.
After five hours of detentions, the security agents were compelled
to release the activists. The activists ignored the persistent
threats by the security agents and carried on to meet Mrs Etiyye
Metinpur in her house in Zengan together with the activists joining
them in Zengan. The group managed to reach Etiyye and congratulate
her on the International Woman’s Day.
The OyrenciNews adds that apparently the ridiculous act of
the security forces of the Iranian Ministry of Information was
fruitful by meeting Etiyye thanks to the undeterred resolve of the
students and activists.
Item 2: Celebration of the Spring Equinox Day:
group of political, social and cultural activists and media
reporters of Zengan together with university students and activities
from Zengan, Tebriz, Tehran and other cities and towns met Mr.
Metinpur’s family in relation to the new year and the celebration of
the spring equinox day. He is a human rights activist and a Turkic
journalist. The group congratulated Seid’s family and expressed
their wish in the full restoration of human rights of all of the
Southern Azerbaijani activists and were updated on Seid’ latest
Seid’s father stated in relation to the prisoners of conscience that
“Seid like other [Southern] Azerbaijani prisoners of conscience have
rights as a human being but are subjected to arbitrary treatments.”
He pointed to his last visit by Seid and said that: “Seid morale,
under whatever conditions, is formidable and just now he is cheerful
and upbeat despite his very poor conditions.
The Metinpur family informed of their unceasing efforts to obtain
permission for his medical treatments that: “the judge and the
relevant officials have refused all our requests for Seid’s
temporary release for his medical treatment. Our visits are limited
to the usual weekly visit through telephone cabins and
person—to-person visits are very rare indeed.”