- Iranian Government
- United Kingdom
In September 2008, the following poets and writers were arrested and imprisoned merely because they wrote in their mother tongue:
Azeri: Alireza Sarrafi, Hasan Rasedi, Akbar Azad, Saeid Muganli, Mehdi Neemi, Hamid Arghish. They are now in solitary confinement in Evin prison.
They are deprived of Linguistic freedom consisting of freedom of speech and freedom to write in their mother tongue, facing perpetual problems having their work published in Azeri Freedom to have their children educated in mother tongue.
These issues apply to all Azeris in Iran. Between 16 and 23 million Azeris live in Iran.
We the undersigned call on the government of Iran to release Alireza Sarrafi, Hasan Rasedi, Akbar Azad, Saeid Muganli, Mehdi Neemi, Hamid Arghish and others, who are at present in solitary confinement in Evin prison.
The Free the imprisoned Iranian Azerbaijani writers and poets petition to Iranian Government was written by Exiled Writers Ink and is in the category Arts & Entertainment at GoPetition.