Human Rights Violations Report on the Azerbaijani Turks in Iran
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This report covers human rights violations against Azerbaijani Turks in Iran during the first quarter of 2023 (January, February, and March).
This report focuses on human rights violations, specifically in the Azerbaijani region of Iran. There is inadequate access to human rights organizations in Azerbaijani-populated cities. The Iranian government continues to deliberately ignore and deny the existence of any human rights violations within the country despite the existence of overwhelming evidence.
In the first quarter of this year, despite the amnesty that the Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei issued, more people have been sentenced and arrested throughout the country. School students, particularly girls, have been targeted through chemical poisoning. The government has taken no action to end these attacks or even begin an investigation into the perpetrators of these crimes.
The first part of this report focuses on 20 arrested individuals. Fifteen of these individuals were released, while five remain arrested. 5 out of 20 of them are women. This report will focus on the cases of sentenced and acquitted individuals. The report’s last section will emphasize the poisoned students in the Azerbaijani-populated area.