Letter for Mohammad-Amin Valian

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Please write to the following Iranian authorities regarding Mohammad-Amin Valian's case and asking for his sentence to be overturned and a new, impartial trial to be held, with access to legal counsel and protection from coerced confessions. A sample letter you can use, or modify, follows.


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: info_leader@leader.ir
via website: http://www.leader.ir/langs/en/index.php?p=letter (English)
Salutation: Your Excellency

Head of the Judiciary
Ayatollah Sadeqh Larijani

Howzeh Riyasat-e Qoveh Qazaiyeh (Office of the Head of the Judiciary)
Pasteur St., Vali Asr Ave., south of Serah-e Jomhouri, Tehran, 1316814737
Islamic Republic of Iran
Email: Via website: http://www.dadiran.ir/tabid/75/Default.aspx
First starred box: your given name; second starred box: your family name; third: your email address
Salutation: Your Excellency

And copies to:
Director, Human Rights Headquarters of Iran
His Excellency Mohammad Javad Larijani

Bureau of International Affairs, 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
Fax: + 98 21 5 537 8827 (please keep trying)
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.


Your Excellency:

I am writing to you regarding the case of Mohammad-Amin Valian, a 20-year old student activist from Damaghan Science University, sentenced to death on charges of Mohareb including conspiracy to undermine national security, spreading propaganda, and insulting high government officials. This death sentence was recently upheld under appeal. His supposed crimes include chanting "Death to the dictator"; statements released by the Central Council of Islamic Association of Damghan Science University, of which he is a member; arranging debates between two marginal election candidates at the university; and throwing rocks at an Ashura (27 December 2009) protest.

Mohammad-Amin Valian was, at the mass "show trial" where he was sentenced, denied legal counsel and a "fair and public hearing by a competent, independent and impartial tribunal", both of which are guaranteed by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Iran is a signatory to this treaty as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which protects defendants from the coerced confessions (including torture) and false testimony which form the basis for such "show trials".

Given the above, I respectfully request the following steps be taken in Mohammad-Amin Valian's case:

- for his death sentence to be immediately overturned, and any planned execution to be halted;
- any charges solely of participation in public protests to be dropped;
- that he be granted a new trial as regards any remaining charges, with access to legal counsel, a public hearing by an impartial tribunal and protection from torture or coerced confessions as laid out in the ICCPR and UDHR.

Yours sincerely,