Letter for Abdolreza Ghanbari

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Please write to the following Iranian authorities regarding Abdolreza Ghanbari'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 Abdolreza Ghanbari, a 42-year old teacher from Ghiamdasht, in Varamin, sentenced to death on charges of Mohareb based on his supposed crime of chanting "Death to the dictator" during the 2009 Ashura protests.

In his trial, Ghanbari was denied access to legal counsel and was unable to present a defense with the aid of an attorney. The right to a fair trial is provided under Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Under Article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), Abdolreza Ghanbari is guaranteed a fair and public trial, examination of witnesses against him, and is protected from having to falsely testify or confess to the charges against him. Iran is a signatory to both treaties and must fulfill its obligations under international law by granting Ghanbari a fair trial with legal representation.

Furthermore, there is evidence that Ghanbari may have been subjected to torture during his pre-trial detention in Ward 2-A of Evin. Torture is a violation of the UDHR, as stated by Article 5: "No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment." This is also guaranteed by Article 7 of the ICCPR.

Finally, in countries that still use the death penalty as an punishment, it may only be imposed "for the most serious crimes," according to Article 6 of the ICCPR.

Given the above, I respectfully request the following for Abdolreza Ghanbari'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,