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STOP TORTURE OF POLITICAL PRISONERS IN IRAN, Human rights groups established a new committee
BayBak, Azerbaijan | 2119 days ago | Thursday, 30th August , 2007 , 20:28 [pm] | Announcements
|.||The advocates for human rights of Azerbaijani population in Iran are under growing pressure as the Iranian regime has initiated a new wave of arrests against the Azerbaijani activists. Such activists who are engaged in a peaceful struggle for their cultural and national rights are brutally persecuted while a number of activists arrested during and soon after the popular uprisings of May 2006 remain in prisons.|
STOP TORTURE OF POLITICAL PRISONERS IN IRAN
Human rights groups established a new committee:
Committee Against Torture of Azerbaijani Political Prisoners in Iran (referred to here on as the Committee)
August 27, 2007
The advocates for human rights of Azerbaijani population in Iran are under growing pressure as the Iranian regime has initiated a new wave of arrests against the Azerbaijani activists. Such activists who are engaged in a peaceful struggle for their cultural and national rights are brutally persecuted while a number of activists arrested during and soon after the popular uprisings of May 2006 remain in prisons.
Dozens of activists, recognized as prisoners of conscience by Amnesty International and other human rights organizations, are under physical and psychological torture in Iranian prisons. Following the clandestine and preemptive arrests, their right to legal representation is denied, their prisonersâ€™ rights are violated, and their families are threatened and harassed.
The groups involved in defending human rights of the Azerbaijani prisoners in Iran, journalists and scholars have decided to join efforts to organize an international protest against torture of Azerbaijani activists by creating the Committee.
The increasing evidence of torture against dozens of Azerbaijani prisoners has concerned and alarmed the founders of this Committee. There are factual evidence on the torture of Azerbaijani activists such as Saeed Matinpour, Saleh Kamrani, Abdullah Abbas Javan, Jalil Qanilu and Behrouz Seferi who are kept incommunicado in Evin prison of Tehran. Many others are believed to suffer from torture and cruelty in various Iranian jails and prisons. These include women rights activist, Shahnaz Qulami, who is vanished since his arrest on 20 August in Tabriz.
The Committee urges media, human rights groups and anti-torture centers to protest against illegal arrests and tortures in Iran.
The Committee calls on Iranian government to stop illegal detention of prisoners, who are kept in prison without being charged in accordance with Iranian legislation.
The Committee will continue its activity until all Azerbaijani activists are released from prison.
The group initiating the Committee welcomes any support from other groups and individuals who condemn torture political prisoners in Iran.
For information about the Committeeâ€™s activity and last developments on situation of Azerbaijani political prisoners in Iran or to offer support please contact spokespersons:
e-mail:  firstname.lastname@example.org