The Problem of Southern Azerbaijan
Say (Ref.): 550/
İlaygün (Date): 11 Oct 2011
The Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva
• Please circulate this to Dr. Ahmed Shaheed,
• The Special Rapporteur on the right to the enjoyment of the
highest attainable standard of physical and mental health; this is
also relevant to:
• Working Group on arbitrary detention (also for Fair Trials);
• Special Rapporteur on the promotion & protection of the right to
freedom of opinion & expression
• Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial
discrimination, xenophobia, intolerance
• The Independent Expert on Minority Issues
• Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges;
Also to: Mr. Boehner, Mr. Cantor and Mrs. Pelosi ofthe US House of
Mr Dyke and Mrs. Harrison, Amnesty International, London
Human Rights Watch and Human Rights Server, UN Habitat
Ipek (Feranek) Ferid
COMMUNICATION 1: DEFENDING HUMAN RIGHTS
OF MRS IPEK (FERANEK) FERID
This is Communication 1 to defend human rights of
Mr. Feranek Ferid (whose penname is Ipek as to be used here), a veteran of
feminism and the movement for woman’s right in Southern Azerbaijan, an
activist of the national movement of Southern Azerbaijan and environmental
campaigner for saving lake Urmu. The Iranian authorities arbitrarily
detained her on 3 September 2011 together with hundreds of other Southern
Azerbaijani prisoners of conscience, as pointed out by our Briefing Note 2
(Ref: 546/ 2011, on 5 Sep 2011). Table 1 presents the form for her defence
detained arbitrarily with the specific details of her case.
Mrs. Ferid was beaten up during the arrest and was tortured during the
interrogation time, so that she still suffers from hearing problems and from
severe headaches and dizziness. Amnesty International has also campaigned
for her (http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/MDE13/078/2011/en/608c8e29-4671-49ab-b138-5a8cb9486e9f/mde130782011en.html).
As also informed by Amnesty International, it is believed that she has been
brought before a judge, who ordered her temporary detention for 10 days.
We should inform that besides Amnesty International, the delegates of the
77th International PEN congress in Belgrade, Serbia, 12-18 September 2011
(http://penreporter.blogspot.com/), also campaigned for Mrs. Ferid’s
immediate and unconditional release. We concur with these campaigns and
believe that she has been subjected to arbitrary acts of detention, she has
been tortured and she is still in detention. In order to protest to these
arbitrary acts by the Iranian authorities, she has resorted to a hunger
The defence of Mrs. Ipek (Feranek) Ferid is only in the hands of your
mandates and only your defence will curb the arbitrary acts of the Iranian
authorities against her and restore her human rights and liberty.
We thank you in advance for your care.
The Committee for the Defence of the Rights of World Azerbaijanis
1. Date of detention
The Iranian authorities have failed
their duties of issuing these details and therefore we assume that
the victim was detained immediately.
2. Duration of detention
Seemingly this is indefinite
3. Forces holding the detainee under
Ministry of Information
4. Places of detention
Facilities attached to the Ministry
of Information in Tebriz were holding here for a few days during
interrogations but she was then transferred to Tebriz prison and
that is where she is being held now.
5. Authorities that ordered the
Highly likely to be the Ministry of
6.Reasons for the detention
imputed by the authorities
There have been no imputed charges
published against here until recently but it seems that the charges
brought against here are: the usual package of “Insulting to the
leadership”, “propaganda against the system of the Islamic Republic”
and “undermining the national security.”
7.Relevant legislation applied
We believe the act of arrest was
arbitrary and was not based on any legislation.
There is no sentence.
Describe the circumstances of the arrest and/or the detention and
indicate precise reasons why you consider the arrest or detention to
Mrs. Ferid was arrested
in Erdebil on 3 September 2011.
By nationality, she is
a Southern Azerbaijani, which is ruled by the Islamic Republic of
Iran and therefore he is a citizen of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
This information is relevant to the case, as follows. The
background is that currently Southern Azerbaijan is at the brink of
an environmental catastrophe, which is demonstrably the outcome of
deliberate policies of the Iranian government to dry up Lake Urmu by
damming all the rivers and their tributaries falling into the lake
(some 88 dams have been constructed). The protests are already in
full steam and rather than seeking an international consultancy
services to clear up their environmental blunders in Southern
Azerbaijan, the Iranian government is enforcing their damming
program and suppressing any protests. Southern Azerbaijanis are
alarmed by this deliberate acts and keep orchestrating protests,
e.g. the protests on:
August the 27th in Urmu and Tebriz,
September the 3rd in Urmu and Tebriz, (iii)
September the 10th in Urmu, Tebriz, Qoshachay,
September the 14th in Erdebil
September the 20th in Zengan and
An all out call for protests on 1 October 2011 but as the
streets were swamped by military forces, Southern Azerbaijani
protesters invented the silent protest by showing heavy presence in
the streets but with chanting any slogan.
Now Southern Azerbaijan
is under the atmosphere of a heightened tension.
Based on the above
background, the Iranian authorities arrested Mrs. Ferid, while she
was taking part in protests in Tebriz on 3 September 2011
(Please see our Briefing Note,
Ref.: 546/ 2011
on 5 Sept 2011). She was
assaulted and beaten so severely during the arrest that she has been
unable to move one of her arms. She also lost the hearing in her
left ear and still suffering from it.
Based on Amnesty
International Information (http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/MDE13/078/2011/en/608c8e29-4671-49ab-b138-5a8cb9486e9f/mde130782011en.html)
Mrs. Ferid “was interrogated for many hours at a detention centre in
Tabriz. Her glasses were taken from her and she was forced to sign a
document that she could not read. She is believed then to have been
brought before a judge, who ordered her temporary detention for 10
days.” Also “Despite requesting access to a doctor, Faranak Farid is
not known to have received medical care up to now, deepening concern
for her health and well-being.” We believe this remains the case.
She is believed to have resorted to a hunger strike recently. Also,
her glasses were taken from
her and she was forced to sign a document that she could not read.
V. 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
The fundamental problem is that the
Iranian authorities are obstinate and act arbitrarily. Here family
has exhausted every possible action but in vain.
Mr. Boyuk Resulogly
On behalf of:
The Committee for the Defence of the
Rights of World Azerbaijanis
Ayna, Sherifzade 1,
Baki, Azerbaijan; Tel/Fax
Date: 11 October
2011 Signature: As per