Amnesty International Action Alert
Shapour Kazemi, a brother-in-law of Mir Hossein Mousavi, one of the candidates in Iran's disputed presidential election, is reported to be detained in Evin prison in the capital, Tehran. He may be a prisoner of conscience, held because of his relationship to Mir Hossein Mousavi. He may be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment, and may not have regular access to the medication he needs.
Shapour Kazemi, aged 62, was arrested in Tehran shortly after the disputed election on 12 June. His sister is married to presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, who has continued to challenge both the fairness and outcome of the 12 June election. Shapour Kazemi is held without charge and does not have access to a lawyer. He is reported to have had one meeting with his mother, which was filmed by prison guards. Amnesty International fears that he is not being given regular access to medication he needs for high blood pressure.
Shapour Kazemi is not known to have links with any political organization or to have been active in Mir Hossein Mousavi's presidential campaign. According to a report from the Associated Press agency, Shapour Kazemi's sister, Zahra Rahnavard, has said that he was detained to put pressure on her and her husband, Mir Hossein Mousavi to openly accept the outcome of the 12 June 2009 presidential election.
PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in Persian, Arabic, English, French or your own language:
Urging the authorities to give Shapour Kazemi immediate and regular access to family members, a lawyer of his choice and to any medical treatment he may require;
Calling for assurances that he is not tortured or otherwise ill-treated;
Urging them to release Shapour Kazemi immediately and unconditionally, as he appears to have been arrested solely on account of his family connection to Mir Hossein Mousavi;
Urging them to remove unlawful restrictions on freedoms of expression, association and assembly in Iran.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 5
OCTOBER 2009 TO:
Supreme 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: via website: http://www.leader.ir/langs/en/index.php?p=letter
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/81/Default.aspx (put given name in first starred box, family name in second starred box, and email address in third. Paste appeal in large box)
Salutation: Your Excellency
Minister of the Interior
Ministry of the Interior
Dr Fatemi Avenue
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Fax: +98 21 8 896 203
+98 21 8 899 547
+98 21 6 650 203
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives of Iran accredited to your country. Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date.
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