THE MONTHLY REPORT OF OYRENCI OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION IN AZERBAIJAN – MONTH MEHR 1390 (SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER, 2011)

Following the arrests of the civil activists of Azerbaijan, more than 60 people were taken into custody in Mehr, a number of who were arrested on the funeral ceremony of Ebrahim Jafarzadeh and his family, and the rest of them for their civil and cultural activities. Unfortunately, following the routine trend in the Islamic Republic of Iran’s regime, most of the arrested ones have been tortured at being arrested and also after on. As a sample Mrs. Faranak Farid can be mentioned, whose being harshly beaten was followed by a surge of international protests, to the point that Ahmad Shahid, the special reporter of the nited Nations, referred to Faranak Farid in his first report about the human rights violation in Iran.

     The activists arrested at the dinner party [in August] are still waiting to see what their pending fate will be, even though they have already been kept in custody for more than two months.

     There are numerous critical deprivations in the unsuitable place in which they are kept in Tabriz Prison, including hygienic shortages, scarcity of room, unavailability of professional doctors for
some of the prisoners who suffer from cardiac, pulmonary and renal problems, and etc. Ghader Norouzi, Ali Sirnak and Mohammad Alimoradi who have been severely tortured and suffer from serious injuries have not medically been treated yet.

     Even though it had been announced that some of these activists would be tried on Mehr 26th, their trial was cancelled for some unknown reasons. Saeed Na’imi’s trial which was due on Mehr
27th was not held on the pretext that the concerned judge was ill, and this human rights activist is still imprisoned.

Mehr 5th)[September 27th]The funeral ceremony of Ebrahim Jafarzadeh, his wife Mina Kahrobayi, and their young child Ayla who were killed in a car accident was thrown into tension owing to the security guards, and some of the mourners were arrested and taken to the border headquarters of Khoy city. Moreover, the busses running from Zanjan’s cities and Qaraziyaddin town to Khoy, carrying passengers to the funeral, were stopped and the passengers were taken into custody. The issued names are as follows:

Jalil Ghaniloo, cultural rights and Azerbaijani language activist (Zanjan), Bahman Nassirzadeh, Azerbaijani poet and teacher (Maku), Shirzad Hajiloo, former secretary of Avrin non-governmental institute in Khoy, poet, Azerbaijani language teacher and human rights activist (Khoy), Ali Rezayi, human rights activist (Tehran), Eyvaz Bayat, journalist and human rights activist (Zanjan),
Vahid Fa’ezpour, blogger (Urmia), Ebrahim Irani, member of  the board of founders and the central council of Avrin non-governmental institute (Khoy), Salar Araghi, university activist
(Khoy), Afshin Shahbazi, university activist (Moghan), Kiyan Peyghami, university activist (Moghan), Hamid Pourjafar Ali, cultural activist (Khoy), Javad Sarvnaz, university activist (Khoy), Mohammad Ahadi, university activist (Miyaneh), Ali Mahdizadeh, university activist (Tabriz), Nasser Mostafapour, university activist (Khoy), Behnam Hajimohammadi, University activist (Tabriz),
Javad Parkhanli, University activist (Meshkinshahr), Hamid Manafi Nazarloo (Tehran), Nemat Hajiloo (Khoy), Siyavash Habibzadeh (Khoy), Mohammad Vahdatfar (Khoy), Farshad Hosseynloo (Khoy), Mohammad Bigham (Khoy), Vali Zohrabi (Miyandoab), Shahram Yuzbashi (Urmia), Abdollah Shafayi (Khoy), Behzad Hajiloo (Khoy), Mousa Seyfi, Abbas Vatankhah (Khoy), Fatemeh Jangi (Khoy), Mahdi Ghiyasi (Miyaneh), Behnam Mohebbaliloo (Khoy), Sadegh Avazpour (Tabriz), Zoleykha Ghanizadeh (Khoy), Atila Seyfi (Miyandoab), Nejat Reza Lak (Khoy), Zeynal Ghasemi (Khoy), Ali-Mohammad Aliloo, Siyavash Habibzadegan, Moharram Khorusha (Khoy), Soleyman Araghi (Khoy), Ali Naghinejhad (Khoy), Eslam Varli and his brother (Khoy), Karim Yekani Kahrizi (Yekan), Saber Safavi, Ahmad Nassirzadeh, etc.

Mehr 5th)[September 27th]Mahdi Nouri, Vahi Sheykhbagloo, Hassan Ark and Mostafa Avazpour were taken to the Interrogation Center of Tabriz, branch 4, run by Hashemzadeh, to respond to the
charges made against them. During this interrogation session they were convicted of congregation and conspiracy against the regime. These four activists protested about their harsh arrest, and also about being beaten and injured at the Information Office, but they were accused of insulting the regime’s authorities by the head interrogator Hashemzadeh.

Mehr 5th)[September 27th]Rahim Alirezayi, Shahram Dadashi and Masoud Bayrami were arrested in Tabriz. The arresters then entered their houses and took their personal property with them
after scouring their houses thoroughly. They are accused of putting up the posters of the activists arrested at the dinner party. Masoud Bayrami was released on Mehr 21st [October 13th].

Mehr 5th)[September 27th] Ali Motarjemi, a fan of Tractorsazi football team who had been arrested the previous year and had been sentenced to 3 month’s imprisonment, was taken to Tabriz Prison to serve his sentence.

Mehr 6th)[September 28th] Alireza Hosseynzadeh, cultural activist, was arrested in Tabriz. This manager of the Azerbaijani dance group Qaya was arrested in the evening of Mehr 6th at his personal house. Hosseynzadeh had already been warned by Information Office about his cultural activities. He was transferred to the Central Prison of Tabriz toward the end of Mehr [in October].

Mehr 8th)[September 30th] Ramin Rezayi, well-known civil and university activist of Tekab (Tikantapa) was released from prison after having been imprisoned there for 27 days. The security forces who had arrested him had attempted to enter his house, but as they had faced the resistance of his family, they had climbed the walls and confiscated his personal property after having inspected their house.

Mehr 9th)[October 1st] Abbas Lesani, well-known political activist of Azerbaijan, was sent to the Information Office of Tehran after having been kept in custody for 20 days in the Information Office of Ardabil. He had been on hunger strike for a while as a protest to his illegal arrest.

Mehr 9th)[October 1st] Engineer Reza Khajehyi was arrested in his workplace in Tabriz. He is accused of putting up the posters of those arrested at the dinner party [August 24th]. This civil activist was released on Mehr 21st [October 13th].

Mehr 9th)[October 1st] Akbar Mohajeri was arrested in his workplace in Tabriz and was then taken to the information of Sepah. He is accused of putting up the posters of those arrested in the dinner party [August 24th].

Mehr 10th)[October 2nd] Meysam Azadi was released from Urmia Prison on an 1800-million-rial bail. He who is on his military service, had been taken into custody in Tehran on Shahrivar 9th [August 1st], after the Shahrivar 5th[August 27th] protests in Urmia, and had been sent to Urmia after having been under interrogation for several days in Tehran. He has been beaten in custody.

Mehr 10th)[October 2nd] Asgar Akbarzadeh, a political activist of Ardabil who had been arrested in Namin by the road police while returning from Tehran some days before the public protests against the Urmia Lake’s drying up, was taken into custody in Information Office of Tehran after having been under interrogation for 20 days in Information Office of Ardabil. During his illegal detention, he was allowed
only once to make a short telephone contact with his family. He has been on hunger strike for a while.

Mehr 12th)[October 4th] Hassan Karimzadeh, a civil activist of Ardabil, was released on a 100-million-rial bail.  He is a teacher and journalist from Meshkinshahr (Khiyav) city of Ardabil who had been arrested on Shahrivar 3rd [August 25th] on the protests against the drying up of the Urmia Lake. This Khordad, he had been arrested on the commemorative ceremony of Suldouz martyrs as well.

Mehr 12th)[October 4th] Nasrollah Valizadeh, a civil activist of Ardabil, was released on a 100-million-rial bail. This teacher from Meshkinshahr (Khiyav) city had been arrested on the street protests gainst the drying up of the Urmia Lake.

Mehr 18th)[October 10th] Masoud Jalilzadeh and Masoud Khorsandi were bailed out. They had been arrested on Shahrivar 12th [September 3rd], and after having been interrogated several times during their one month in prison, were released on a 100- million-rial bail for Masoud Jalilzadeh and a 300-million-rial bail for Changiz Khorsandi.

Mehr 19th)[October 11th] Najaf Khandani was bailed out. He had been arrested on the protests of Shahrivar12th[September 3rd] and was released on a 100-million-rial bail after having been kept in prison and under interrogation for 39 days.

Mehr 19th)[October 11th] Bahman Nassirzadeh and Shirzad Hajiloo that had been arrested on the funeral ceremony of Ebrahim Jafarzadeh and his family and had been taken to Khoy Prison were transferred to the custody of the Information Office of Urmia. They are on hunger strike and their physical status is not fine. On Mehr 21st[October 13th]theywere again returned to Khoy Prison.

Mehr 19th)[October 11th] Rasoul Razavi was arrested by information officers when returning from his workplace. After being interrogated on room No. 37 of Tabriz Prison, he was taken to the quarantine section. This civil activist had already been summoned to the Information Office many times, following the speech he had made on Farvardin 13th[April 2nd]on Azerbaijan Square of Tabriz.

Mehr 20th)[October 12th] Behnam Sheykhi was arrested at his house in Tehran. The security forces attacked his house and after beating, arrested him and also confiscated his personal property. Moreover, his wife was affronted when he was being arrested. This civil activist has been many times captured and imprisoned during past years.

Mehr 20th)[October 12th] A number of the fans of Tractorsazi football team who had been arrested following the match of this team against Saba Battery were sentenced to imprisonment, flogging and financial penalty by branch 104 of the public court of Tabriz. Judge Shokouh Tazeh sentenced Milad Mohammadiyan, Sajjad Gheybi, Saeed Gheybi, Bahman Moharrami, Bahman Moradi, Samad Moradi, Behzad Bahrehmand and Ghorban Ghorbanzadeh to 21 months in prison and 50 whips on charge of causing disturbance to the public order, disobeying the police, damaging police property and keeping porn photos and movies. Ehsan Emamverdi, Mahdi Sasani Basmanj, Mohammad Bafandeh, Milad Abdolzadeh, Hosseyn Rahimi, Sajjad Mahmoudi, Ali Yari Serajloo, Mohammad Nouri, Vahid Babazadeh, Ali Amanat, Hamzeh Rasouli, Mahdi Babayi and Faramarz Puladpour were sentenced to 91 day’s imprisonment and 20 whips on charge of causing disturbance to the public order. The court also charged Sajjad Mahmoudi, Ali Yari Serajloo, Mohammad Nouri, Vahid Babazadeh, Ali Amanat, Hamzeh Rasouli, Mahdi Babayi, and Atabak Jabbari each a 2-million-rial financial penalty substitute for jail because of their clean records. The files of Hassan Pinehvar, Mahdi Fathiazar, Afshar Zare’, Mohammad PourMohammad, Atabak Jabbari, Peyman Shoja’i, Majid Mohammad Akbari and Amir Koohbolouri were sent to
the youth court because of their not having come of age (being younger than 18 years old). Totally, these 28 fans of Tractorsazi football team have been sentenced to 186 month’s imprisonment, 26 years of suspended imprisonment, 610 whips and 1600 million rials of financial penalty!

Mehr 23rd)[October 15th] Faranak Farid, poet, writer and women rights activist was released from Tabriz Prison on a 1000-million-rial bail. This cultural activist had been arrested on Shahrivar 12th[September 3rd] street protests against the drying-up of the Urmia Lake. She has been beaten by the officers at being arrested and after on, and is critically injured in her ear and hand.

Mehr 24th)[October 16th] Shirzad Hajiloo was released from Khoy Prison on a 100-million-rial bail. This civil activist had been arrested on the funeral ceremony of Ebrahim Jafarzadeh and his family. He is the secretary of Avrin non-governmental institute in Khoy, and also a poet and teacher of Azerbaijani language who had been arrested on the World Mother Tongue Day in 1385 (2007) and had been imprisoned for 3 months.

Mehr 24th)[October 16th]Vahid Fa’ezpour, Azerbaijani blogger and civil activist ho had been arrested on the funeral ceremony of Ebrahim Jafarzadeh and his family and had been kept in Khoy
Prison, was released on a 1000-million-rial bail. He had been on hunger strike as a protest to his illegal arrest.

Mehr 24th)[October 16th]Shahram Yuzbashi was released from Khoy Prison on a 1000-million-rial bail. He had been arrested on the funeral ceremony of Ebrahim Jafarzadeh and his family.

Mehr 24th)[October 16th] Reza Abri was arrested in a hospital in Tabriz. This civil activist had gone to the hospital for medical treatment when he was arrested by the security guards and was taken to an unknown place. Two days after his arrest he appeared at his house together with some officers and his house was inspected. Reza Abri had been arrested before on the funeral ceremony of Changiz Bakhtavar and had been sentenced to two year’s imprisonment.

Mehr 24th)[October 16th] Hosseyn Ronaghi Maleki, from Malekan, who is imprisoned in Evin Prison, has gone on medicine strike as to protest to his not being taken to hospital to undergo medical treatment. this deprivation is imposed on him while Tehran’s prosecutor has given an order emphasizing that he needs urgent medical treatment in a hospital outside the prison, but the interrogators of Sepah organ of Iran don’t allow this transference. His physical status is worrisome and he is prone to lose both his kidneys.

Mehr 27th)[October 19th] The verdict of conviction of Saeed Mughanli, Azerbaijani poet and journalist, was given. The verdict acquits him of the charge of cooperation with the United States of America(due to attending a journalism training course in Republic of Azerbaijan). Another claim charging him with acquisition of illegal money by attending the journalism training course was sent to the public penal court due to incompetence order. He was also accused of propagating against the regime by composing some poems and posting them on his weblog, which brought about a 6 month’s imprisonment for him. Saeed Mughanli had been arrested on Khordad 18th[June 8th] in Yelsoo village of Ardabil and had been then taken to the Information Office of Tabriz. After several days of interrogation, he had been taken to Tabriz Prison. He had been bailed out on a 500-million-rial bail on Mehr 3rd [September 25th].

Mehr29th)[October 21st]Farzad Kazemi, a teenage fan of Tractorsazi football team was taken into custody. This teenager had been chanting slogans about the Drying-up Urmia Lake in Sahand Stadium of Tabriz on Tractorsazi vs. Saipa match when he was arrested being violently beaten by the security guards. It is said that he has been taken to hospital because of the gravity of his physical status.

30 Ekim 2011

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