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Ali Shakeri, a man of peace, behind bars in Tehran?

By Mehdi Amini
Nearly two months has passed since the arrest of our friend and colleague, Ali Shakeri (M, 59).  Ali went to Iran to visit his ailing mother who passed away days after seeing him.  Ali was using his basic right as stated in the 13th Article of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states:" Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.

Ali Shakeri


We who know him are still bewildered as to why he was arrested? He is a man of peace.  How could that be a crime?  He is a man against hatred.  How could that be a crime? He is a man for dialogue.  How could that be a crime?  We still don't know.  But what we know is that his wife and children are anxious to see him back in their arm safe. 

I often talked to him and he was outrageous as to the possibility of someone attacking his country.  Although he was a critique of the status queue, yet he did not want to see his nation destroyed.


Let us also not forget the 3 others who are in the same condition.  Scholars Haleh Esfandiari, Kian Tajbakhsh and Parinaz Azima.  I am sure their families are as anxious to see them safe as I am.   They have been all arrested on "Security related charges."  A label that I still do not understand.  Security against whom and for what I ask myself? Is inviting a few guests to a program a crime? And a security related charge at that?  I still don't understand.  What crime is it to think differently?  I do not know. 


I wake up every morning hoping to hear on the radio or read on the Net on good news.  But there are none.  I say to myself, what can I do to make their families happier but I can't come up with one.  I hope this letter does the job.

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