Action Alert and Sample Letter for Zainab Jalalian and Hossein Khezri

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On 21 April 2010, Amnesty International released an Urgent Action Alert regarding two death-row prisoners in Iran, Zainab Jalalian and Hossein Khezri, believed to be at risk of imminent execution. Please write to the following officials regarding these two cases and asking for these two death sentences to be overturned. 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 in regard to two political prisoners currently on death row in Iran. Hossein Khezri and Zeynab Jalalian have been condemned to as Moharebeh for membership in the Party for Free Life of Kurdistan.

I urge you not to execute Hossein Khezri and Zeynab Jalalian, but to commute their death sentences and retry them in fair proceedings that adhere to international law and standards. Any evidence obtained under torture, pressure, and ill-treatment must be disregarded, and Hossein Khezri and Zeynab Jalalian granted a fair trial.  Torture is a direct violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the Islamic Republic of Iran is a signatory to UN Conventions that guarantee accused persons the right to a fair trial before an impartial body with sufficient legal representation.

I recognize the right of the Islamic Republic of Iran to bring criminals to justice, but hold Iran responsible for its responsibility to abide by the protections granted by Article 6.2 of the UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which reserves execution for only the most serious offenses.

I urge the Islamic Republic of Iran to fulfill its obligations under international law and grant these two people an immediate stay of execution followed by a fair and impartial retrial in which justice is upheld.

Yours sincerely,