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Supporting Iranian Prisoners of Conscience

Source: Amnesty International

To mark the Persian spring holiday of Nowrouz, Amnesty International has launched a campaign to send messages of goodwill to prisoners of conscience in Iran. The seven cases selected by Amnesty International mirror the "Haft Sin" (seven "s"s) traditionally placed on a Nowrouz table. 

Haft Sin

The 14 individuals in the seven cases have all been identified as being "at risk". Many have been sentenced to long prison terms for their beliefs or peaceful activism and several are in poor health.

Trade union leader Mansour Ossanlu is serving a five-year prison sentence for "acts against national security" in connection with his peaceful trade union activities.

Ronak Safarzadeh, an Iranian-Kurdish graphic artist and women's rights activist, is serving a prison sentence of six years and seven months.

Prominent journalist Emadeddin Baghi, the 2009 recipient of the prestigious Martin Ennals Award for human rights defenders, was arrested on 28 December 2009 after protests marking the Shi'a religious festival of Ashoura.  He is detained without charge or trial.

Seven leaders of Iran's Baha'i community are currently on trial on serious, but baseless, charges including espionage for Israel and propaganda against the system that could lead to the imposition of the death penalty.

Human rights activist Shiva Nazar Ahari was arrested on 20 December 2009 and has since told her family she has been transferred to a "cage-like" solitary confinement cell where she cannot move her arms or legs.  This is her second arrest since the disputed presidential election of 2009.

Brothers Kamiar Alaei and Arash Alaei, doctors specializing in the prevention and treatment of HIV and AIDS, were sentenced in January 2009 to six and three years in jail respectively for plotting to overthrow the Iranian government after an unfair trial in spite of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention declaring their detention arbitrary.

Academic and social scientist Kian Tajbakhsh is serving five years in jail on politically-motivated charges including espionage, co-operation with an enemy government, and acting against national security.

Read more about the 14 individuals and send a Nowrouz goodwill message

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