Woodrow Wilson Center Responds to Iran's Announcement That it Will Broadcast Apparent Confessions by Haleh Esfandiari
WASHINGTON—The Woodrow Wilson Center announced
today that any “confessions” by Haleh Esfandiari which Iranian state-run
television says it will air on Wednesday and Thursday have no legitimacy.
Esfandiari, director of the Wilson Center’s
Middle East Program, has been held in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison since May
8th on charges of acting against Iran’s
Haleh Esfandiari (file photo)
“Haleh is in her 71st day
of solitary confinement in Evin Prison. She has seen no one from outside the
prison during this time: not her mother, not her family, not her lawyer, and not
the ICRC or any independent international body. Any statements she may make
without having had access to her lawyer would be coerced and have no legitimacy
or standing,” said Lee H. Hamilton, president and director of the Woodrow Wilson
International Center for
Scholars. “This reprehensible pattern of activity by interrogators in
has occurred before: jailing innocent people, confining them, and then producing
a framed or cobbled statement or confession. This is not a fair judicial process
“The reported charges against Haleh
are ludicrous,” said Hamilton. “Haleh is a
scholar who has tried only to promote dialogue and understanding between the
U.S. and the Middle East
region, to include Iran.
We are extremely concerned about Haleh and her mental and physical well-being. I
again ask the Iranian government to end this ordeal and stop making totally
false allegations against Haleh. Let Haleh and the other detained
Iranian-Americans return safely to their families.”
For up-to-date information regarding
the situation of Dr. Haleh Esfandiari, please visit the Wilson Center’s media
update center at www.wilsoncenter.org/halehnews.
To get involved in the campaign to free Haleh, go to www.freehaleh.org. Media with questions may
reach Sharon McCarter at (202) 691-4016 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Center for Scholars is the living,
national memorial to President Wilson established by Congress in 1968 and
headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Center
establishes and maintains a neutral forum for free, open, and informed dialogue.
It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds and
engaged in the study of national and world affairs.
Press Contact: Sharon McCarter
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