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Delegation delivers letter to Iranian Interest Section in DC demanding Ramin Jahanbegloo's release


Mr. Ali Jazini, Director

The Interest Section of the Islamic Republic of Iran

2209 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007


June 23, 2006


Dear Mr. Jazini : 


We, the undersigned, object and appeal to your government for an end to the illegal incarceration of Prof. Ramin Jahanbegloo who was arrested at Tehran’s Mehrabad airport while trying to board a flight to Brussels on April 27th.  Dr. Jahanbegloo, a former political science faculty at University of Toronto in Canada, a theorist and a long time advocate of non-violence, was involved in cultural activities in Iran and was heading an NGO to help Iranian citizens.


Ramin Jahanbegloo (Photo: Newsha Tavakol)


We understand that he is detained without any legal charges against him; Moreover, he has been denied access to an attorney as the authorities in Iran have claimed that he is held on national security issues.


We, the undersigned oppose such actions by your government and ask for Mr. Jahanbegloo’s immediate release from Evin Prison so that he may  join his wife and infant child.  The illegal arrest and imprisonment of individuals who seek justice in Iran is against all international and legal jurisdictions. Additionally, we ask for the freedom of all political detainees who are held in Iran’s various prisons for participating in peaceful gatherings.


  • Ms. Joanne Leedom Ackermanthe Vice President of International P.E.N.
  • Mr. Zahir Janmohamed- Advocacy Director, Middle East and North Africa
    Amnesty International USA
  • Mr. Joe Stork - Deputy Director, Middle East Division, Human Rights Watch and Chair of the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of N America (MESA)

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