Target:
UN, Navi Pillay, Ban Ki Moon, IR Embassies, Amnesty, HRW, EU members
Region:
Iran
Website:
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Azerbaijani civil rights activist Ayyub Shiri was arrested in the city of Tabriz, north-west Iran, on May 4, 2011, for an unknown reason. He is held at Tabriz Intelligence Ministry Detention Center. Association for the Defence of Azerbaijani Political Prisoners, ADAPP, believes that, Mr Shiri is a prisoner of conscience, held solely for the peaceful civil, cultural and language rights activities.

According to ADAPP, Ayyub Shiri has not contacted his family in the last two weeks. His family has referred to the Interrogation section of the 4th branch of the Prosecution’s Office and the Tabriz Revolutionary Court and requested to meet Ayyub Shiri. However, Judge Hashemzadeh who presides over the case has denied their request.

We call on the Iranian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Ayyub Shiri, as he is a prisoner of conscience, held solely for his defence of the right of the Azerbaijani people in Iran to use their own language.

We demand for Ayyub Shiri to receive urgently needed medical care for the torture wounds inflicted by prison authorities.

Reminding the authorities that, as a state party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Iran is obliged to uphold the right to freedom of expression and that linguistic minorities have the right to use their own language.


1) We the undersigned demand the immediate and unconditional release of Ayyub Shiri.

2) We demand the prison authorities, all government forces, agents, police, and basij to stop the inhumane torture of Iranian citizens in prison in Iran!

3) We demand for Ayyub Shiri to receive urgently needed medical care for the torture wounds inflicted by prison authorities.
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