Southern Azerbaijan: Human Rights Activists Imprisoned
Southern Azerbaijani human rights activists have been arrested and imprisoned for providing humanitarian assistance to the earthquake-stricken region.
Below is an article published by Gamoh.biz:
Many South Azerbaijani human rights activists have been arrested in the eastern part of South Azerbaijan, encompassing cities like capital Tabriz, Maragha, and Malikkandee.
Names of some of the arrested and imprisoned activists are as follows: Abdulaziz Azimi Ghadeem from the South Azerbaijani city of Maragha; Mahmoud Fazlee from the capital Tabriz; also Mehdi Kookheeyan and Abbas Valeezadeh Oghtay from the South Azerbaijani city of Malikkandee.
These peaceful activists have been arrested and imprisoned by the security forces of the Iranian regime for hosting nonviolent meetings seeking to gather as much help as possible for the people of Garadagh region in South Azerbaijan which was hit by twin earthquakes on August 11 of 2012. The earthquakes left more than 500 dead and left thousands injured and many more without shelter or food. People of South Azerbaijan are still suffering as a result of the earthquake which happened more than five months ago.
The Iranian regime is blocking humanitarian helps to reach the region and is arresting those who are trying to bring food, clothing, and basic needs to the people of the region.
Southern Azerbaijan National Awakening Movement (SANAM), condemns the inhumanitarian actions of the Iranian-mullah regime, and asks for the freeing of those peaceful activists.