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Amnesty International Urges Actions for Innocent Iranians

January 11, 2011

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CASE 1 | HABIBOLLAH LATIFI

IRAN: FURTHER INFORMATION: EXECUTION OF POLITICAL PRISONER POSTPONED

The execution of Habibollah Latifi, a male member of the Kurdish minority in Iran, was postponed on 26 December 2010, just hours before it was scheduled to take place. Over 20 people were arrested at his house later that day. 10 remained detained as of 6 January and may be at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.

The execution of Habibollah Latifi, an industrial engineering student at Ilam University, was not carried out on 26 December 2010, as scheduled. He was convicted of moharebeh (enmity against God), a vaguely-worded charge which can carry the death penalty, in connection with his membership of and alleged activities on behalf of the Kurdish Independent Life Party (PJAK), a proscribed armed group. Members of his family and civil society activists from Sanandaj had gathered outside the city’s prison to protest against the execution when, in the early hours of 26 December, a prison official announced it would not take place. No date has been fixed for the execution to go ahead and Amnesty International believes that Habibollah Latifi remains at risk of execution.

Following the postponement of the execution, family members and activists gathered at the Latifi household, when up to 50 members of the security forces raided the house and arrested seven members of the Latifi family, along with around 17 others. By 30 December 2010, the members of his family had been released on bail of around 220 million Iranian rials or around 21,000 US dollars, each. On 6 January 2011, an NGO activist and a journalist were also released, but 10 of those arrested at the Latifi household remained in detention. Amnesty International fears they may face torture or other ill-treatment while in detention.

FURTHER INFORMATION

CONTACTS

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 18 FEBRUARY 2011 TO:

Leader of the Islamic Republic
Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei

The Office of the Supreme Leader
Islamic Republic Street – End of Shahid Keshvar Doust Street,
Tehran,
Islamic Republic of Iran

Email: Via website: http://www.leader.ir/langs/en/index.php?p=letter (English); http://www.leader.ir/langs/fa/index.php?p=letter (فارسی)
Salutation: Your Excellency

Head of the Judiciary
Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani

Office of the Head of the Judiciary
Pasteur St., Vali Asr Ave., south of Serah-e Jomhouri,
Tehran, 1316814737
Islamic Republic of Iran

Email: bia.judi@yahoo.com
Salutation: Your Excellency

AND copies to:

Governor of Kordestan Province

Esmail Najjar

Email: In Persian and Kurdish, send via feedback form on the website: (فارسی و کردی)
http://www.ostan-kd.ir/Default.aspx?tabId=150&cv=4@0_1

In English, French or other languages, use the feedback form on the website:
http://en.ostan-kd.ir/Default.aspx?TabID=59

Salutation: Dear Governor


UN Officials and Heads of Government

npillay@ohchr.org, urgent-action@ohchr.org, inquiries@un.org, info_leader@leader.ir, sg@un.org, m@minbuza.nl, beatriz.lorenzo@maec.es, michael.spindelegger@bmeia.gv.at, bernard.kouchner@diplomatie.gouv.fr, guido.westerwelle@auswaertiges-amt.de, minister@dfa.ie, registrator@foreign.ministry.se, info@eda.admin.ch, Cannon.L@parl.gc.ca, haguew@parliament.uk, legalizar@itamaraty.gov.br, pm@pm.gc.ca, kab.bz@diplobel.fed.be, external@utn.stjr.is, gabinetto@cert.esteri.it, stewartkb@state.gov, wgad@ohchr.org, s.s.ali@warwick.ac.uk, avaei@Dadgostary-tehran.ir

Foreign Ministries and the US State Department

michael.spindelegger@bmeia.gv.at, kab.bz@diplobel.fed.be, info@mvp.gov.ba, iprd@mfa.government.bg, imprensa@itamaraty.gov.br, ministar@mvpei.hr, minforeign1@mfa.gov.cy, podatelna@mzv.cz, udenrigsministeren@um.dk, vminfo@vm.ee, umi@formin.fi, bernard.kouchner@diplomatie.gouv.fr, inform@mfa.gov.ge, guido.westerwelle@auswaertiges-amt.de, gpapandreou@parliament.gr, titkarsag.konz@kum.hu, external@utn.stjr.is, minister@dfa.ie, gabinetto@cert.esteri.it, segreteria.frattini@esteri.it, mfa.cha@mfa.gov.lv, tonio.borg@gov.mt, secdep@mfa.md, post@mfa.no, DNZPC.Sekretariat@msz.gov.pl, ministro@mne.gov.pt, senec@mne.gov.pt, pm@pm.gov.pt, msp@mfa.rs, miguel.moratinos@maec.es, registrator@foreign.ministry.se, info@eda.admin.ch

Media

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CASE 2 | Fatemeh Masjedi and Maryam Bidgoli

IRAN: IRANIAN WOMEN FACE PRISON FOR RIGHTS PETITION

At any moment, women’s rights activists Fatemeh Masjedi and Maryam Bidgoli could be sent to prison for six months for peacefully collecting signatures for a petition demanding an end to discrimination against women in law in Iran.

Fatemeh Masjedi and Maryam Bidgoli are both members of the One Million Signatures Campaign (also known as the Campaign for Equality), a grassroots movement working towards an end to discrimination against women in Iranian law. On 29 December 2010, both were summoned to report within three days to prison officials in Qom to begin serving a six-month prison sentence, but they remain free pending further legal challenges against their convictions and sentences; however, Amnesty International fears they could be imprisoned at any moment. They had both been arrested on 7 May 2009 for peacefully gathering signatures in support of ending discriminatory laws against women in Iran and were released after two weeks in detention. They were sentenced to one year’s imprisonment by Branch Two of the Revolutionary Court in Qom on 29 August 2010 for “spreading propaganda against the system in favour of a feminist group (the Campaign) by distributing and collecting signatures for a petition to change laws discriminating against women, and for publication of materials in support of a feminist group opposed to the system”. This was reduced to six months on appeal by Branch Three of the provincial appeal court. If imprisoned, Amnesty International would consider them to be prisoners of conscience.

Among the reasons for upholding the sentenced given in the appeal court verdict was the fact that the two women had “signed a letter complaining about the situation of human rights in Iran, and stating that Iran’s candidacy for a seat on the Commission on the Status of Women had no merit and that the presence of Iran on this Commission would be a threat to world peace and security”. The verdict also referred to an interview given by Maryam Bidgoli to the opposition website Jaras, and a statement signed by 600 members of the women’s movement on the occasion of 12 June [the anniversary of a demonstration against discrimination against women in law].

FURTHER INFORMATION


CONTACTS

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 18 FEBRUARY 2011 TO:

Leader of the Islamic Republic
Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei

The Office of the Supreme Leader
Islamic Republic Street – End of Shahid Keshvar Doust Street,
Tehran,
Islamic Republic of Iran

Email: Via website: http://www.leader.ir/langs/en/index.php?p=letter (English);
http://www.leader.ir/langs/fa/index.php?p=letter (فارسی)
Salutation: Your Excellency

Head of the Judiciary
Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani

Office of the Head of the Judiciary
Pasteur St., Vali Asr Ave., south of Serah-e Jomhouri,
Tehran, 1316814737
Islamic Republic of Iran

Email: bia.judi@yahoo.com
Salutation: Your Excellency

AND copies to:

Governor of Qom Province
Hossein Iranmanesh

Email: In Persian and English, send via feedback form on the website: http://www.ostan-qom.ir/ostandar-c (فارسی)

CASE 3 | ALI SAREMI, JAFAR KAZEMI, MOHAMMAD ALI HAJ AGHAIE, ABDOLREZA GHANBARI, AHMAD AND MOHSEN DANESHPOUR, JAVAD LARI, FARAH VAZEHAN

MAN EXECUTED; SEVEN STILL AT RISK OF EXECUTION

Ali Saremi (or Sarami) was executed without warning on 28 December 2010 in Evin Prison, Tehran. He had been sentenced to death in December 2009 for “enmity against God” for his alleged membership of a banned opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI). Seven other people with alleged links to the same organization are also under sentence of death. All their trials are believed to have been unfair.

Ali Saremi’s cellmates contacted his family on 27 December, expressing concern that his execution was imminent. His family went to the prison and waited outside until dawn, when they realised he had been executed. His lawyer had not been informed of the execution, as required by Iranian law. Several members of Ali Saremi’s family, including his wife, were arrested, but most were released shortly afterwards although his nephew, Mohammad Saremi, is believed to still be held.

Six other men and one woman have been sentenced to death in Iran for alleged links to the PMOI since the disputed 2009 presidential election. Ja’far Kazemi, Mohammad Ali Haj Aghaei , Abdolreza Ghanbari (or Qanbari), father and son Ahmad and Mohsen Daneshpour Moghaddam, and Javad Lari, along with Farah (also known as Elmira) Vazehan, were also found guilty of “enmity against God”. In some cases, their alleged links with the PMOI may amount to no more than having contact with family members who are members of the PMOI.

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AND copies to:

Secretary General, High Council for Human Rights
Mohammad Javad Larijani

High Council for Human Rights
[Care of] Office of the Head of the Judiciary
Pasteur St, Vali Asr Ave., south of Serah-e Jomhuri
Tehran 1316814737
Islamic Republic of Iran

Email: info@humanrights-iran.ir
(In subject line: FAO Mohammad Javad Larijani)

اقدام فوری – یک نفر اعدام شد؛ هفت تن هنوز در خطر اعدام

علی صارمی بدون هشتار در روز 28 دسامبر 2010 در زندان اوین تهران اعدام شد. او در دسامبر 2009 به جرم محاربه و به اتهام عضویت در سازمان مجاهدین خلق ایران به مرگ محکوم شده بود. هفت تن دیگر به اتهام ارتباط با همان سازمان در معرض اعدام میباشند. باور بر این است که محاکمه تمامی این افراد ناعادلانه بوده است.

همبندان علی صارمی در تاریخ ۲۷ دسامبر ضمن تماس با خانواده وی ابراز نگرانی کردند که اعدام ایشان قریب الوقوع است. خانواده علی صارمی ضمن مراجعه به زندان تا طلوع آفتاب در پشت دیوارهای اوین انتظار کشیده و در سحرگاه همان روز خبر اعدام ایشان را دریافت کردند. وکیل علی صارمی بر خلاف قوانین ایران از اعدام وی مطلع نشده بود. اگرچه برادر زاده ایشان، محمد صارمی، هنوز در زندان بسر می برد، چندین اعضای خانواده علی صارمی از جمله همسر ایشان دستگیر شده ولی در مدت کوتاهی آزاد گشتند.

از زمان نزاع و جدال بر سر نتیجه انتخابات ریاست جمهوری سال 2009، شش مرد دیگر و یک زن در ایران به خاطر اتهام رابطه با سازمان مجاهدین خلق ایران به مرگ محکوم شده اند. جعفر کاظمی، محمد علی حاج آقایی، عبدالرضا قنبری، احمد و محسن دانشپور مقدم (پدر و فرزند) و جواد لاری به همراه فرح (المیرا) واضحان نیز به جرم محاربه ”دشمنی با خدا” محکوم شده اند. در برخی موارد، تنها ارتباط نامبردگان با سازمان مجاهدین خلق ایران شاید محدود به برقراری رابطه با اعضای خانواده خود که عضو این سازمان بوده اند میباشد.

بدینوسیله از تمامی مردم تقاضا میشود که فورا نامه ای به زبان خود از جمله فارسی یا انگلیسی نوشته و ارسال نمائید. (لطفا به جعفر کاظمی به عنوان “جعفر کاظمی، فرزند بهمن” اشاره کنید تا مقامات دولت ایران بتوانند ایشان را شناسایی کنند.)

در نامه خود موارد ذیل را مد نظر قرار دهید:

به مقامات رژیم ایران تاسف عمیق خود را از اعدام علی صارمی ابراز کرده و از آنان تقاضای کنید که از اعدام جعفر کاظمی، جواد لاری، محمد علی حاج آقایی، عبدالرضا قنبری، احمد دانشپور مقدم، محسن دانشپور مقدم، و فرح واضحان خودداری کنند.

به مقامات ایرانی یاد آوری کنید که بر طبق قوانین بین المللی، مجازات مرگ تنها برای ”خطیر ترین جرایم” مجاز بوده، ”جرایم عمدی که عواقب مرگبار و یا عواقب بسیار وخیم دیگری” بهمراه آورده است.

اصرار ورزیده که هر شخصی که تنها به خاطر داشتن رابطه خانواده شان با سازمان مجاهدین خلق ایران بازداشت شده است ومرتکب جرم مشخصی نشده است باید فورا و بدون قید و شرط آزاد گردد. اشخاص دیگر که بدنبال محاکمه نا عادلانه محکوم گشته اند، جرم و محکومیت آنان بایستی بطور عاجل مورد بررسی دوباره قرار گیرد.

لطفا درخواست خود را قبل از 16 فوریه 2011 به مقامات فوق بفرستید:

رهبر جمهوری اسلامی ایران

آیت الله سید علی خامنه ای

دفتر مقام معظم رهبری

خیابان جمهوری اسلامی – انتهای خیابان شهید کشور دوست،

تهران، جمهوری اسلامی ایران

عنوان: جناب آقای

ایمیل خود را توسط سایت های زیر ارسال نمایید:

به زبان انگلیسی:

http://www.leader.ir/langs/en/index.php?p=letter

به زبان فارسی:

http://www.leader.ir/langs/fa/index.php?p=letter

رئیس قوه قضائیه

آیت الله صادق لاریجانی

خیابان پاستور، خیابان ولی عصر، جنوب سه راه جمهوری، تهران، 1316814737، جمهوری اسلامی ایران

عنوان: جناب آقای

ایمیل:

info@dadiran.ir

bia.judi@yahoo.com

رونوشت نامه را همچنین به مقامات دیگر بفرستید

دبیر کل شورای عالی حقوق بشر

محمد جواد لاریجانی

شورای عالی حقوق بشر

دفتر رئیس قوه قضائیه

خیابان پاستور، خیابان ولی عصر، جنوب سه راه جمهوری، تهران، 1316814737، جمهوری اسلامی ایران

ایمیل:

info@humanrights-iran.ir

عنوان مطلب: محمد جواد لاریجانی

رونوشت هر نامه را برای نمایندگان دیپلمات ایرانی در کشورهای محل اقامت خود بفرستید. قبل از فرستادن نامه بعد از تاریخ درج شده، لطفا با دفتر عفو بین المللی در کشور محل اقامت خود تماس بگیرید.

برای اطلاعات بیشتر به سایت فوق مراجعه کنید:

http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/MDE13/081/2010/en

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