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07/14/09

NIAC Calls for the Release of Kian Tajbakhsh, an End to Political Detentions and Abuse

Source: National Iranian American Council (NIAC)


Kian Tajbakhsh

Washington DC - The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) condemns the arrest and imprisonment of Kian Tajbakhsh, an Iranian-American intellectual who was taken from his home in Iran and jailed late last Thursday. NIAC calls for his release and the immediate release of all those who have been arrested and detained for demonstrating in the weeks following Iran's disputed presidential election.

"Tajbakhsh's recent arrest is part of an ongoing effort by the government of Iran to silence dissent," said NIAC President Trita Parsi, "and it shows the Iranian government's continued disregard for the basic rights of its people in the wake of last month's election." NIAC has condemned the use of violence and political detentions against demonstrators in Iran, and called for a new election as the only plausible way to end the turmoil.

Tajbakhsh was not involved in the current demonstrations, but had been arrested in 2007 along with four other dual citizens on charges of trying to foment a 'velvet revolution' against the Islamic Republic. He spent four months in Tehran's Evin Prison before his was released. Following his release in 2007, he remained in Iran and deliberately avoided politics, his friends and family members say. Tajbakhsh, a Columbia University graduate, taught urban policy at the New School for Social Research in New York City from 1994 until 2001.

According to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, over 240 other prominent Iranian lawyers, activists, journalists, professors, human rights defenders and students have been arrested without charge, and have been taken to undisclosed locations since the demonstrations began. NIAC has also received many reports of detainees in Iran's prisons being mistreated, including prisoners being tortured and raped.

NIAC calls on the Iranian government to restore basic human and legal rights to its prisoners, including a halt to torture and guaranteed access to legal representation in accordance with the Iranian constitution.

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