UN Letter for Zainab Jalalian زینب جلالیان

Please write to Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for the Office of Human Rights and Ban Ki-Moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations regarding Zainab Jalalian's case and asking for her 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.

Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for the Office of Human Rights

npillay@ohchr.org

Fax: +41-22-917-9008 (Geneva) +1-212-963-4097 (NY)

His Excellency Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations

Fax: 212-963-7055 (You can send a fax for free online here), Tel: 1-212-963-7160, 61, 62

Dear Ms. Pillay/Mr. Ban Ki-Moon:

I am writing to you regarding the case of Zainab Jalalian, a Iranian political prisoner sentenced to death on 26 Nov 2009 on charges of Mohareb and at risk of imminent execution.

On June 26, Kurdish human rights organizations reported that Zainab's death sentence had been finalized and forwarded to the enforcement section. Her lawyer is reporting that she has been moved to another ward in preparation for execution and that, barring intervention by the UN, it is likely her sentence will soon be carried out.

Zainab was denied access to legal counsel at her trial; her plea to say goodbye to her family was met with, "shut up" by the sentencing judge, and she was condemned to death by hanging. This is in direct violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Iran is a signatory, which guarantees defendants access to legal counsel and a "fair and public hearing by a competent, independent and impartial tribunal" (Articles 14 and 10). On March 5, several online news organizations reported that Zainab Jalalian had been transferred from Kermanshah Prison to the Ministry of Intelligence detention center, an event that in the past has signified an imminent execution. As Ms. Jalalian was not given a fair hearing with access to legal counsel, such an execution would be a deplorable action and illegal under international law.

Given the above, I ask that you use any means in your power to obtain the following for Zeinab Jalalian:

- if an imminent execution is planned, that it be immediately halted;

- for her death sentence to be overturned on the grounds that she was not granted a fair trial with legal representation;

- that she be granted a new trial if charges against her remain, 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 (Universal Declaration of Human Rights).

Zainab Jalalian's case has been forwarded to the implementation stage and we are concerned about the imminent risk to her life. We ask that you force the Islamic Republic of Iran to comply with international law and norms, abide by treaties that the UN places its name on, and act to save her life. 

Yours sincerely,

 

We also urge you to send the above letter to world leaders and influential figures.

Activist @shariatmadari has provided contact information for Brazilian President Luíz Inácio Lula da Silva, based on Brazil's close relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran, and for Patricia Llombart Cussac of the European Commission.

Ms. Patricia Llombart Cussac, European Commission, Head of Gulf Countries Unit – Iran, Iraq, Yemen.
Fax: +(32) 2 2966612 and +(32) 2 2951859

Luíz Inácio Lula da Silva, Presidência da República
Fax: (61) 3224-0289 / 3411-2222
Email: pr@planalto.gov.br

Ambassador Celso Luiz Nunes Amorim, Ministério das Relações Exteriores (Minister of Foreign Affairs)
Fax: (61) 3411-6993
Email: maurovieira@mre.gov.br

Dear [Name]

I am writing to you regarding the case of Zainab Jalalian, a Iranian political prisoner sentenced to death on 26 Nov 2009 on charges of Mohareb and at risk of imminent execution.

On June 26, Kurdish human rights organizations reported that Zainab's death sentence had been finalized and forwarded to the enforcement section. Her lawyer is reporting that she has been moved to another ward in preparation for execution and that, barring intervention by the international community, it is likely her sentence will soon be carried out.

Zainab was denied access to legal counsel at her trial; her plea to say goodbye to her family was met with, "shut up" by the sentencing judge, and she was condemned to death by hanging. This is in direct violation of the UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Iran is a signatory, which guarantees defendants access to legal counsel and a "fair and public hearing by a competent, independent and impartial tribunal" (Articles 14 and 10). On March 5, several online news organizations reported that Zainab Jalalian had been transferred from Kermanshah Prison to the Ministry of Intelligence detention center, an event that in the past has signified an imminent execution. As Ms. Jalalian was not given a fair hearing with access to legal counsel, such an execution would be a deplorable action and illegal under international law.

Given the above, I ask that you use any means in your power to obtain the following for Zeinab Jalalian:

- if an imminent execution is planned, that it be immediately halted;

- for her death sentence to be overturned on the grounds that she was not granted a fair trial with legal representation;

- that she be granted a new trial if charges against her remain, 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 (Universal Declaration of Human Rights).

Zainab Jalalian's case has been forwarded to the implementation stage and we are concerned about the imminent risk to her life. We ask that you force the Islamic Republic of Iran to comply with international laws and norms, abide by treaties that the international community places its name on, and act to save her life.

Yours sincerely,

You may also wish to communicate with President Lula and the Brazilian Foreign Ministry in Portuguese.

Luíz Inácio Lula da Silva, Presidência da República
Fax:(61) 3224-0289 / 3411-2222
Email: pr@planalto.gov.br

Embaixador Celso Luiz Nunes Amorim, Ministério das Relações Exteriores (Ministro dos NegóciosEstrangeiros)
Fax:(61)3411-6993
Email: maurovieira@mre.gov.br

Ex.mo Sr. Presidente:

Estou escrevendo a V. Exª sobre o caso de Jalalian Zainab, um prisioneiro político iraniano condenado à morte em 26 de Novembro de 2009 sob a acusação de Mohareb (“Inimizade Contra Deus”) e em risco de execução iminente. Em 26 de Junho, a organização de Direitos Humanos, informou que a sentença de morte de Zainab tinha sido oficializada e que esta fora enviada para a secção de execuções. O seu advogado está reportando que ela foi transferida para outra ala, em preparação para a execução e que, salvo a intervenção da ONU, é provável que a sua sentença seja consumada dentro em breve.

A Zainab foi-lhe negado o acesso a um advogado aquando do seu julgamento. O seu pedido para se despedir da sua família foi contestado com "shut up"/ “cale-se” pelo juiz de condenação, e ela foi condenada à morte por enforcamento. Esta é uma violação objectiva do Pacto Internacional sobre Direitos Civis e Políticos (PIDCP), de que o Irão é signatário. O qual garante aos arguidos acesso a aconselhamento legal e “a uma audição justa e pública por um tribunal: competente, independente e imparcial "(artigos 14 e 10). Em 5 de Março, várias organizações noticiosas on-line comunicaram que Zainab Jalalian tinha sido transferida da prisão de Kermanshah para o centro de detenção do Ministério da Inteligência, um facto que no passado significou: execução iminente. Como à Sra. Jalalian não lhe foi dado um julgamento justo, com acesso a assistência jurídica, esta execução será um acto deplorável e ilegal face à Lei Internacional.

Face ao exposto, solicito que V.Exª use todos os meios ao seu alcance para obter o seguinte para Zeinab Jalalian:

- Se está sendo planeada uma execução iminente, que esta seja imediatamente suspensa;

- Que a sua sentença de morte seja anulada, alegando que não lhe foi concedido um julgamento justo e com representação legal;

- Se as acusações contra ela permanecerem, que lhe seja concedido um novo julgamento: com acesso a um advogado, a uma audiência pública por um tribunal imparcial, e, protecção contra a tortura ou confissões forçadas, conforme estabelecido no PIDCP e DUDH (Declaração Universal dos Direitos do Homem).

O caso de Zainab Jalalian foi encaminhado para a fase de implementação e estamos preocupados com o risco iminente da sua vida. Nós solicitamos que V. EXª exorte a República Islâmica do Irão a respeitar a legislação e normas internacionais, e obedeça aos tratados em que a ONU coloca seu nome, e actue para salvar sua vida.

Atenciosamente,

Your Name

With much thanks to @Dputamadre for the Portuguese translation.

You can now send a letter on behalf of Zainab Jalalian to Iranian Embassies, the UN, and Iranian officials with one click on United For Iran's website.