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Eight Nobel laureates call for Akbar Ganji's release

Reporters Without Borders today hailed a petition calling for the immediate and unconditional release of imprisoned Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji which was launched by Iran's 2003 Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi and which has already been signed by seven other Nobel laureates.

Akbar Ganji

"Iran's most senior officials must heed this very clear message from eight world figures who have made outstanding contributions to peace and science," the organisation said, going on to appeal to foreign diplomats based in Tehran to visit Ganji at Milad hospital, where he was taken on 17 July.

Until now, Iran's government and judicial authorities have refused to heed the calls for the release of Ganji, who has been imprisoned for five years and who is continuing the hunger strike he began 54 days ago.

If the international community does not react, Ganji is going to die.

The eight Nobel laureates who have already signed the petition are :

Shirin Ebadi of Iran, holder of the 2003 Nobel peace prize

John Hume of the United Kingdom, holder of the 1998 Nobel peace prize

Jody Williams of the United States, holder of the 1997 Nobel peace prize

Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, holder of the 1984 Nobel peace prize

Mairead Corrigan Maguire of Ireland, holder of the 1976 Nobel peace prize

Betty Williams of Ireland, holder of the 1976 Nobel peace prize

Maurice Allais of France, holder of the 1988 Nobel prize for economics

Georges Charpak of France, holder of the 1992 Nobel prize for physics

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... Payvand News - 8/5/05 ... --

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