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UN letter for 6 prisoners in danger of imminent execution

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 the six prisoners in danger of imminent execution in Iran, asking for their sentences to be overturned and their unconditional release. 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

You can send a free online fax here.


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

I am writing to you regarding the cases of six political prisoners on death row thought to be in danger of imminent execution. On August 1 it was announced that their death sentences, upheld by the Appeals Court, had been sent to the Enforcement Division.

Abdolreza Ghanbari, a 42-year old teacher from Ghiamdasht, in Varamin, was sentenced to death on charges of Moharebeh based on his supposed crime of chanting "Death to the dictator" during the 2009 Ashura protests.  He is presumed to be held in Evin Prison. 

Jafar Kazemi was arrested on September 18, 2009 in connection with the post-election protests and, though not accused of any violent act, was sentenced to death as Moharebeh and for “propaganda about the system” due to his participation in Qods protests and son’s involvement with the People's Mujahedin of Iran (MKO, PMOI, or MEK). He was harshly interrogated and pressured in Evin prison to make a televised confession, which he refused.

Mohammad Ali Haj Aghaei is presumably being held in Evin Prison in Tehran.  He was also arrested on September 18, 2010 and sentenced to death as Moharebeh for connections with MEK and propaganda against the Iranian government.

Ahmad Daneshpour and his son, Mohsen, were also arrested after Ashura protests and are sentenced to death for alleged ties with MEK.  Their death sentences were upheld by an appellate court in April and they are presumed to be detained in Evin Prison.

Ali Saremi, age 62, has been arrested at least four times in the last 30 years.  Mr. Saremi was sentenced to death on 29 December 2009 after being detained for 28 months. He is currently held in Ward 4 of Raja’i Shahr Prison, also known as Gohardasht, in Karaj.  Mr. Saremi is also being denied proper medical treatment and access to his necessary medications.

Many or all of these prisoners were denied access to legal counsel and a fair trial, and were likely subjected to physical and psychological torture in the attempt to obtain a coerced confessions. Jafar Kazemi's wife has described his brutal treatment in prison in her own letter to the United Nations. Their convictions and death sentence is likely a direct result of two things: participation in public protests against the regime, and in some cases, the connections of family members with the People's Mujahedin of Iran. These prisoners should not be held responsible for their relatives' affiliation, and political views are never justificiation for execution.

Given the above, I ask that you use any means in your power to obtain the following for these six men:

- if any imminent executions are planned, that they be immediately halted;

- for their death sentences to be overturned on the grounds that they were not granted a fair trial with access to legal counsel and protection from torture and coerced confessions;

- that they be granted new trial if charges against them 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 (International Covenant on Civil and Politicial Rights) and UDHR (Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

- if no valid charges remain, that they be immediately and unconditionally released from prison.

We also request that you:

-urge the Iranian authorities to commute all death sentences in Iran, including any imposed in connection with the post-election protests;

-remind the Iranian authorities that the ICCPR, to which Iran is a state party, states that the death penalty can only be carried out for “the most serious crimes”, which the Human Rights Committee has clarified must be “intentional crimes with lethal or other extremely grave consequences."

These six cases has been forwarded to the implementation stage and we are concerned about the imminent risk to these men's lives. 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 their lives.

Yours sincerely,

Your name


We also urge you to appeal to Iranian authorities.

6 Prisoners in Danger of Execution: Action Alert and Sample Letter to Iranian Authorities

On 1 Aug 2010, it was announced that the death sentences of six political prisoners in Iran, for whom Amnesty International had previously released an Urgent Action Alert, had been upheld and sent to enforcement. Please write immediately to Iranian authorities to save their lives. We have assembled a sample letter regarding these six cases. We also urge you to write to the United Nations on these prisoners' behalf.

If you write your own letter please include the following:

- Request an immediate stay of execution for Abdolreza Ghanbari, Jafar Kazemi (son of Bahman), Mohammad-Ali Haj-Aghaie, Ahmad Daneshpour Moghadam, Mohsen Daneshpour Moghadam, and Mohammad Ali Saremi;

- Urge the authorities to commute all death sentences in Iran, including any imposed in connection with the post-election protests;

- Remind the Iranian authorities that the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a state party, states that the death penalty can only be carried out for “the most serious crimes”, which the Human Rights Committee has clarified must be “intentional crimes with lethal or other extremely grave consequences."

Write to:

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 cases of six political prisoners on death row thought to be in danger of imminent execution: Abdolreza Ghanbari, Jafar Kazemi (son of Bahman), Mohammad-Ali Haj-Aghaie, Ahmad Daneshpour Moghadam, Mohsen Daneshpour Moghadam, and Mohammad Ali Saremi. On August 1 it was announced that their death sentences, upheld by the Appeals Court, had been sent to the Enforcement Division.

Abdolreza Ghanbari, a 42-year old teacher from Ghiamdasht, in Varamin, was sentenced to death on charges of Moharebeh based on his supposed crime of chanting "Death to the dictator" - during the 2009 Ashura protests. He is currently being held in Evin Prison, but was previously held in an IRGC Intelligence prison, the '2-A' Security Ward.

Jafar Kazemi was arrested on September 18, 2009 in connection with the post-election protests and, though not accused of any violent act, was sentenced to death as Moharebeh and for “propaganda about the system” due to his participation in Qods protests and son’s involvement with the People's Mujahedin of Iran (MKO, PMOI, or MEK). He was harshly interrogated and pressured in Evin prison to make a televised confession, which he refused.

Mohammad Ali Haj Aghaei is presumably being held in Evin Prison in Tehran.  He was also arrested on September 18, 2010 and sentenced to death as Moharebeh for connections with MEK and propaganda against the Iranian government.

Ahmad Daneshpour and his son, Mohsen, were also arrested after Ashura protests and are sentenced to death for alleged ties with MEK.  Their death sentences were upheld by an appellate court in April and they are presumed to be detained in Evin Prison.

Ali Saremi, age 62, has been arrested at least four times in the last 30 years.  Mr. Saremi was sentenced to death on 29 December 2009 after being detained for 28 months. He is currently held in Ward 4 of Raja’i Shahr Prison, also known as Gohardasht, in Karaj.  Mr. Saremi is also being denied proper medical treatment and access to his necessary medications.

Many or all of these prisoners were denied access to legal counsel and were 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), any prisoner 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 these persons a fair trial with legal representation.

Furthermore, there is evidence that these prisoners may have been subjected to torture during their pre-trial detention. 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 these six men:

- that their death sentences be immediately overturned, and any planned executions be halted;


- any charges solely of participation in public protests to be dropped;


- that they be granted new trials 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,

Your name


We also urge you to write to the United Nations on these prisoners' behalf.

Action Alert and Sample Letter for Ja'far Kazemi and Mohammad Ali Haj Aghaei

On 29 July 2010, it was announced that Jafar Kazemi's death sentence had been upheld by Iran's Supreme Court and sent to enforcement. Please write immediately to save his life. We have updated our sample letter to reflect the news.

On 30 April 2010, Amnesty International released an Urgent Action Alert regarding Ja'far Kazemi, a death-row prisoner in Iran believed to be at risk of imminent execution, and Mohammad Ali Haj Aghaei, tried at the same hearing and on similar charges. A report released the same day by ICHRI states that Mohammad Aghaei has likewise been sentenced to death. Please write to the following officials using regarding these two cases (please refer to Ja’far Kazemi as "Ja’far Kazemi, son of Bahman" in your appeals, as this will help the authorities to identify him) as follows. You can use our sample letter or write your own:

- Asking for an immediate stay of execution in Ja’far Kazemi and Mohammad Ali Haj Aghaei’s cases;

- Urging the authorities to commute all death sentences in Iran, including any imposed in connection with the post-election protests;

- Reminding the Iranian authorities that the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a state party, states that the death penalty can only be carried out for “the most serious crimes”, which the Human Rights Committee has clarified must be “intentional crimes with lethal or other extremely grave consequences."

 

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 with regards to Ja’far Kazemi, son of Bahman, and Mohammad Ali Haj Aghaei, two men currently on death row in Iran. On 29 July, it was announced that Ja'far's sentence has been upheld by the Supreme Court and sent to enforcement, and he is believed to be in danger of imminent execution.

Ja’far was arrested on September 18, 2009 in connection with the post-election protests and, though not accused of any violent act, was sentenced to death for “Moharebeh” and “propaganda about the system.” Mohammad Ali Haj Aghaei was tried in the same trial and on similar charges and recent reports indicate that he has been sentenced to death as well.

Iran is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which states that the death penalty can only be carried out for “the most serious crimes”, which the Human Rights Committee has clarified must be “intentional crimes with lethal or other extremely grave consequences." Furthermore, he has had limited access to a lawyer, 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).

Given the above, I request that any imminent execution for Ja’far Kazemi or Mohammad Ali Haj Aghaie be halted and both their death sentences be commuted at once, together with those of any other death-row prisoners sentenced in connection with the post-election protests or other non-violent activism.

Yours sincerely,

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.

Jafar Kazemi Action Alert and Sample Letter to Iranian Authorities

On 29 July 2010, it was announced that Jafar Kazemi's death sentence had been upheld by Iran's Supreme Court and sent to enforcement. Please write immediately to save his life. We have updated our sample letter to reflect the news.

On 30 April 2010, Amnesty International released an Urgent Action Alert regarding Jafar Kazemi, a death-row prisoner in Iran believed to be at risk of imminent execution. Please write to the following officials using regarding this case (please refer to him as "Jafar Kazemi, son of Bahman" in your appeals, as this will help the authorities to identify him) as follows. You can use our sample letter or write your own:

- Asking for an immediate stay of execution for Jafar Kazemi;

- Urging the authorities to commute all death sentences in Iran, including any imposed in connection with the post-election protests;

- Reminding the Iranian authorities that the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a state party, states that the death penalty can only be carried out for “the most serious crimes”, which the Human Rights Committee has clarified must be “intentional crimes with lethal or other extremely grave consequences."

Write to:

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 with regards to Jafar Kazemi, son of Bahman, currently on death row in Iran. On 29 July, it was announced that Jafar's sentence has been upheld by the Supreme Court and sent to enforcement, and he is believed to be in danger of imminent execution.

Jafar was arrested on September 18, 2009 in connection with the post-election protests and, though not accused of any violent act, was sentenced to death for “Moharebeh” and “propaganda about the system.”

Iran is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which states that the death penalty can only be carried out for “the most serious crimes”, which the Human Rights Committee has clarified must be “intentional crimes with lethal or other extremely grave consequences." Furthermore, he has had limited access to a lawyer, 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).

Given the above, I request that any imminent execution for Jafar Kazemi be halted and his death sentences be commuted at once, together with those of any other death-row prisoners sentenced in connection with the post-election protests or other non-violent activism.

Yours sincerely,


We also urge you to write to the United Nations on Mr. Kazemi's behalf.

Action Alert and Sample Letter for Zainab Jalalian and Hossein Khezri

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,

Letter for Zainab Jalalian زینب جلالیان

Please write to the following Iranian authorities 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.

June 28 UPDATE: Please also write to the UN's Navi Pillay, sample letter here.

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 Zainab Jalalian, a political prisoner sentenced to death on 26 Nov 2009 on charges of Mohareb.

On June 26 2010, several online news organizations reported that Zainab Jalalian's death sentence ruling has been sent to the enforcement department and she is in imminent danger of execution.

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). 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 respectfully request the following for Zainab 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).
 

Yours sincerely,

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