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The cold blooded execution of peaceful Iranian protesters has begun. Already, two have been put to death and at least sixty-three more prisoners face the possibility of execution. This serious crime against humanity must be stopped. Western attention has had a positive impact in similar situations in the past; Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari, released after four months in Iran's notorious Evin Prison, reported that his treatment improved immediately after Secretary of State Clinton mentioned his case publicly. Please put the following facts on the public record. Let the current leadership of the Islamic Republic of Iran know that the world is watching and will act resolutely to end this cold-blooded political killing spree.
Arash Rahmanipour and Mohamad Reza Ali-Zamani were executed by the Islamic Republic of Iran on January 28, 2010. They were the first to be executed for having direct links with the opposition movement following the June 12 Presidential Election. Though both Mohammad Reza Ali-Zamani and Arash Rahmanipour were arrested almost a year before the election and had no involvement in the post-election unrest, they were tried as protesters in mass show trials. Both were convicted after giving forced, rehearsed confessions using pre-written notes and having been promised lighter sentences in return. Ali-Zamani did not have a lawyer until the court appointed one for him - two days before his trial. Arash Rahminpour's lawyer was not allowed into the court and was in fact threatened with arrest.
Nine other political prisoners, including Naser Abdolhasani and Reza Kazemi, have been sentenced to death in connection with the post-election unrest. Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, Tehran’s attorney general, has announced that if the death sentences are upheld by the appeals court, they will be carried out.
Iran is in violation of the rights and entitlements of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Article 9 of the UDHR protects all persons against arbitrary detention and Article 10 entitles, "in full equality", trials that are public and fair. At least 63 people are currently on death row in Iran; many of these were not given access to legal representation, were denied fair trials and/or were convicted as children, such as Mohammad Reza Haddadi. Haddadi was sentenced to death in 2004 at the age 15. Haddadi's conviction and those of other condemned children clearly violate protections granted by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
These crimes against international law and justice must be brought to a halt before more needlessly die. I urge you to act immediately to pressure the Islamic Republic of Iran to grant these individuals new trials with full access to legal representation and in accordance with international standards, including the UDHR and applicable laws; release any held on charges of participating in public protests; and immediately commute the death sentences of any under the age of 18 when arrested as stated by Article 37 of the UNCRC of which Iran is a signatory.
Thank you for your time and attention.