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COMMUNICATION ON MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE AGAINST MR. HESEN HERGÃœLI
BayBak, Azerbaijan | 2077 days ago | Thursday, 13th September , 2007 , 19:10 [pm] | Azerbaijan
|.||Through a series of letters (see Table 1) we reflected on the outrageous Iranian arbitrary treatment of this 65 years old Southern Azerbaijani musician â€“ Table 2 also present a reverse chronology of his sufferings inflicted by the Iranian authorities. Some highlights of his sufferings from that period of arbitrary detention include:|
Date: 13.09 .07
The Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva
Please circulate this letter to Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance. It is also relevant to Working Group on arbitrary detention
CC: Mr. Dyke and Mrs. Harrison, Amnesty International, London
Re: COMMUNICATION ON MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE AGAINST MR. HESEN HERGÃœLI
We would like to bring it to your attention the outcome of the trial of maestro Hesen HergÃ¼li (also known as Demirchi or Azerbaijan), who was arbitrarily detained for nearly six month by Iranian authorities (from 25 May 2006 to 19 November 2006).
Through a series of letters (see Table 1) we reflected on the outrageous Iranian arbitrary treatment of this 65 years old Southern Azerbaijani musician â€“ Table 2 also present a reverse chronology of his sufferings inflicted by the Iranian authorities. Some highlights of his sufferings from that period of arbitrary detention include:
â€¢ During the May 2006 Mass Protests, while invisible hands of security agents were implanting disorder and violence, he was a leading figure who managed to maintain peaceful protests;
â€¢ He invented the initiative of teaching music to prisoners but even this was disallowed after a week or so;
â€¢ Despite heart problems, he was denied of periodical leave normally allowed to any prisoner;
â€¢ He was denied of a short leave to be at the bedside of his dying age old friend musician, maestro Shatirian.
As if this was not enough, he was tried on 22 mai 2007 and the Iranian authorities bit the bullet and acquitted him. Without a shred of evidence against him, the desperate judge attributed the maestroâ€™s protests as an outcome of provocations by GunAzTV (Southern Azerbaijani TV, broadcasting from Chicago). As the protests were a national reaction against Iranian racist policies, the maestro responded saying that â€œGunAzTV emerged only two years ago but it is more than 20 years that I have been nicknamed Hesen Azerbaijan for preserving our national music.â€
Although the maestro was acquitted and suffered six months of detention for no reason whatsoever, at a later date security agents shut down his music school under seal on 16 August 2007 without producing any court order. Whilst this is a clear violation of his citizens and human rights, we fail to identify any logic in this episode but reflect to you the following:
â€¢ This episode was a miscarriage of justice and typical of hundreds of other cases that the Iranian authorities are arbitrarily imposing on Southern Azerbaijanis and do not even apologise for it.
â€¢ Arbitrariness in Iran means â€œanything goes if sanctioned by security agents and their colluding judges;
â€¢ Racism is deep in Iran, killing off any chance of Iranian inclusiveness with Southern Azerbaijan in the future;
â€¢ The nation of Southern Azerbaijan is defenceless and is completely exposed without the UN mandates.
We hope that these episodes will contribute to your understanding of the fate of the nation of Southern Azerbaijan and reflect our human and national rights in your various annual reports.
For and on Behalf of
The Committee for the Defence of the Rights of World Azerbaijanis
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