sabato 17 marzo 2012

Iran – Iranian journalist held arbitrarily


Iranian journalist Rahman Ghahremanpour was arrested on 1 June 2011. The legal basis for his arrest is unclear, and he was arrested without a warrant. He is believed be held in Tehran’s Evin Prison since his arrest, placing him at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.

Rahman Ghahremanpour, 35, was arrested by officials believed to be from the Ministry of Intelligence on 1 June 2011. A news agency close to the government, Mashreq News, reported on 2 July 2011 that someone with the initials “R. Gh.” was arrested on charges of espionage. While the agency did not use his full name, details given in the article indicate that they were referring to Rahman Ghahremanpour.

Rahman Ghahremanpour’s arrest was around the same time as the arrest of three professors from Turkey who arrived in Tehran on 28 May 2011 in order to attend a seminar. The Turkish professors were arrested by the Iranian authorities on charges of espionage for the United States on 31 May and were held in Evin Prison. All three professors were later released on 12 June 2011. Rahman Ghahremanpour had attended workshops organized by one of the Turkish professor on the subject of free and fair elections and had participated in a study group visiting the United States for electoral observation. His arrest may be in relation to attending these activities.

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Object: Iranian journalist held arbitrarily

Your Excellency,
I am writing to you as supporter of Amnesty International, the non governmental organization which since 1961 has been working in defense of human rights, wherever they are violated.
I call on you to ensure that Rahman Ghahremanpour is protected from torture and other ill- treatment and is granted adequate medical care.
I urge you to allow Rahman Ghahremanpour immediate and regular visits from his family and a lawyer of his own choosing.
I stress that if Rahman Ghahremanpour has been arrested solely for his peaceful academic or journalistic work, is a prisoner of conscious and must be immediately and unconditionally released.
Thank you for your attention.
(your name)



Leader of the Islamic Republic
Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei
The Office of the Supreme Leader
Islamic Republic Street – End of Shahid
Keshvar Doust Street,
Islamic Republic of Iran
Salutation: Your Excellency

Head of the Judiciary
Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani
[Care of] Public Relations Office
Number 4, 2 Azizi Street
Islamic Republic of Iran
Email: (Subject
Line: FAO Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani)
Salutation: Your Excellency

And copies to:

Secretary General, High Council for Human rights
Mohammad Javad Larijani
High Council for Human Rights
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Judiciary, Pasteur St., Vali Asr Ave.

South of Serah-e Jomhouri,
Tehran 1316814737
Islamic Republic of Iran
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