Source: Radio Zamaneh
More than 400 Iranian political and social activists have written to the UN Secretary General to urge him to visit Iranian opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi, Zahra Rahnavard and Mehdi Karroubi, who have been under house arrest in Iran for more than 18 months. Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General, is scheduled to attend the NAM meeting in Tehran this week.
The signatories have written that this is the best opportunity for the UN
Secretary General to directly evaluate the human rights conditions in Iran.
The letter refers to Mir Hossein Mousavi's heart complications, which led to his recent hospitalization, saying a meeting with the Iranian opposition leader could defuse some of the threats against him.
Mousavi underwent heart surgery last week and was returned immediately to house arrest.
Mousavi and his wife, Zahra Rahnavard, have been held under house arrest since February of 2011 after they challenged the 2009 election outcome triggering mass protests.
Mir Hossein Mousavi and his wife Zahra Rahnavard
Mehdi Karroubi, another candidate in the 2009 presidential elections, was also put under house arrest with his wife, Fatemeh Karroubi. While Karroubi remains under detention, his wife has been released.
Mehdi Karroubi with his wife Fatemeh Karroubi
The letter indicates that the UN Secretary General could advance Ahmad
Shaheed's frustrated mission to examine the human rights situation in Iran.
Ahmad Shaheed has been appointed as the UN's special rapporteur for human rights in Iran, but the Islamic Republic has refused to allow him to travel to Iran.
The Iranian activists urge the UN Secretary General to demand the release of all political prisoners and to make every effort to visit Mousavi, Rahnavard and Karroubi.
The NAM Summit opened today in Tehran, and Ban Ki-moon is scheduled to arrive in Tehran on August 29.
Open Letter to Ban Ki Moon to meet with Mir Hussein Mousavi upon his visit
August 25, 2012
Dear Mr. Ban Ki Moon,
Secretary General of the United Nations
Your imminent visit to Tehran to participate in the upcoming Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) conference shall provide a unique opportunity to assess the dire conditions of human rights in Iran first hand. Although your brief visit will not allow a thorough examination of the criticality of the human rights violations in the Islamic Republic, nonetheless this exposure shall be an important and a necessary step in the right direction.
Dialogue and scrutiny have an important role in reducing tension and helping to improve the status quo. It is vital that you meet up with Mr. Mir Hossein Moussavi, former Prime Minister, and the opposition candidate of the rigged 10th Presidential election in 2009. Mr Moussavi the de facto leader of the Iranian Green movement who had been admitted to the cardiology department of a hospital due to heart problems, now has been returned to an unknown location, effectively under house arrest again after treatment. Many Iranians inside and outside of Iran are concerned about his current condition. For the last 32 months Mr. Moussavi and his wife Dr. Zahra Rahnavard have been under house arrest with minimal access imposed by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Your meeting with them could defuse the existing threats against Mr. Mousavi and his family's lives.
Your meeting with Mr. Mousavi is a humanitarian act which is inline with the United Nations ethos. To visit Mr. Mousavi and also Hojat-ul-Islam Mehdi Karubi, former speaker of Majlis and the other Presidential candidate for the 2009 rigged election (still under house arrest) as well as other prisoners of conscience in the infamous Evin Prison will have a positive effect on the establishment of human rights and respect for human dignity in Iran.
The UN , your excellency, and your many colleagues have been instrumental in creating a sanctuary for universal justice around the world. Therefore all governments must abide by the charter of the Universal Declarations of Human Rights and all of its addendums over their own laws and be accountable for any human rights abuses against its own citizens.
For more than 3 decades, the people of Iran have suffered from a systematic , continual and orchestrated human rights violations. Based on the mandates of UN Charter, the expectation from you is to defend peoples basic human rights. Your continued efforts will help to revive the failed attempts by the Special Human Rights Rapporteur on Iran, Dr. Ahmad Shahid to investigate claims of human right violations.
We the undersigned, in the name of humanity and the United Nations Charter,
appeal to you to intervene for ending the deteriorating conditions of human
rights, state sponsored violence, and prejudice in Iran. The top priority in
dealing with the Islamist regime is to demand the release of all political
prisoners and the temporary release of all prisoners who have acute health
We hope you will insist on demanding a private meeting with Mir-Hossein Moussavi , his wife Mrs Zahra Rahnavard and Hojat-ul-Islam Mehdi Karubi without the presence of the customary official intimidation.
The signatories list:
Arash Abad Pour, Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh, Gholam Abbasi,Mohammad Saber
Abbasian, Mazdak Abdipour, Arash Abedi, Zia Abedi, Behrouz Adel, Ali Afshari,
Reza Afshari, Saeed Aganji, Abdorreza Ahamdi, Mehrdad Ahamdzadeh, Maryam Ahari,
Ahmad Ahmadian, Amin Ahmadian, Behzad Ahmadnia, Mohammad Javad Akbareyn, Maryam
Akbari, Kazem Alamdari, Hossein Alavi, Shahed Alavi, Tayyebeh Alirezaei, Arya
Alizadehfar, Khosro Allaf Akbari, Ayda Amidi, Mahdi Amini, Asieh Amini, Ehsan
Amini, Mahdi aminizadeh, Kamran Amiri, Manouchehr Amiri, Manaf Ammari, Shahab
Amoupour, Vahab Ansari, Maryam Ansari, Shahin Anzali, Soheil Arabi, Mahdi
Arabshahi, Vahid Arbab, Peyman Aref, Jamshid Asadi, Azadeh Asadi, Mir Ardavan
Asadi,Shohreh Asemi, Ardavan Ashabi, Farid Ashakan, Alireza Ashkiani, Arsalan
Ashour, Darioush Ashouri, Roshanak Astarki, Ayandeh Azad, Ahamd Azad, Shabnam
Azar, Masoud Azari, Farshid Azarinoush, Nazi Azima, Seyyed Hadi Azimi, Farzaneh
Azimi, Jamshid Babaei, Hadi Babaei, Human Bagheri, Iraj Bagherzadeh, Hossein
Bagherzadeh, Shahla Bahar Dust, Arezoo Baher, Siavash Bahman, Mohammad Bahmani,
Khosro Bandari, Ali Bani Jamali, Mahrokh Baniani, Negin Bank, Mehran Barati,
Sara Barkhordari, Farya Barlas, Aref Bastami, Ahmad Batebi, Behrouz Bayat,
Abdolali Bazargan, Kamyar Behrang, Amir Biglari, Mohammad Borghaei, Nasim
Chalaki, Reza Charandabi, Masoud Chenasi, Ali Chikav, Mehrdad Darvishpour,
Azadeh Davachi, Kamal Davoudi, Fariba Davoodi Mohajer, Fatemeh Delavarian, Akram
Doaeizadeh, Hutan Dolati, Mohmmad Javad Dord Keshan, Hamed Ebrahimi Nejad,
Goudarz Eghtedari, Mehrdad Ehsani Pour, Babak Ejlali, Mohsen Emadi, Nasir Emami,
Bahram Emami, Maryam Emamollahi Darcheh, Ardavan Ershad, Morteza Eslahchi, Javad
Esmaeili, Seyyed Kouhzad Esmaeili, Zinat EsmaeilZadeh, Asal EsmaeilZadeh, Amir
Etedali, Amir Hossein Etemadi, Shirin Famili, Ali Farahani, Siamak Farid, Farhad
Farjad, Ghafour Farrokhian, Mahmoud Farrokhian, Farshid Faryabi, Mahdi Fatapour,
Masoud Fathi, Shervin Fekri, Hasan Fereshtian, Shahab Feyzi, Keyvan Forouzan,
Ali Forozandeh, Amir Hossein Fotouhi, Ali Fotovvati, Firuzeh Fouladi, Amir
Hossein Ganjbakhsh, Jafar Ghadimkhani, Hadi Ghaemi, Mohsen Ghaemi Nik, Abtin
Ghaffari, Ayda Ghajar, Hossein Ghasemi, Kobra Ghasemi, Reza Ghazinouri, Sanam
Ghiabi, Mohammad Gholikhani, Mahdi Gholizadeh Aghdam, Maryam Ghorbanifar, Reza
Goharzad, Katayoun Golrokh, Fardad Golshani, Saeed Habibi, Omid Haghighat Jou,
Abbas Hakimzadeh, Vahak Hakoupian, Nasrin Hamidi, hamid Hamidi, Sourena Hashemi,
Nader Hashemi, Emad Hashemi, Mohammad Hedayati, Biajn Hekmat, Ali Hekmat, Nahid
Hemmati, Rahim Hemmati, Aram Hesami, Mohsen Heydarian, Reza Hiva, Nahid Hosseini,
Seyyed Reza Hosseini, Ali Hosseini, Soulmaz Ikdar, Alimohammad Jadali, Hasan
Jafari, Atefeh Jafari, Reza Jafarian, Pouya Jahandar, Gisou Jahangiri, Mohammad
Jalali Cjimeh, Mahdi Jami, Ali Jamshidi, Arash Jannati Ataei, Farzad Javaheri,
Rahil Javdani, Jahanshah Javid, Behieh Jilani, Reza Joshani, Naeimeh Kafshdouz,
Hadi Kahalzadeh, Arsalan Kahanamaeipour, Ali Kalaei, Hasan Kalantari, Amir
Kalhar, Alireza Kan'anrou, Mehrangiz Kar, Aziz Karalou, Babi Karami, Majid
Karbala Beheshti, Amir Karbala Beheshti, Behzad Karimi, Reza Karimi, Mahmoud
Karimi Hakkak, Morteza Kazemian, Vaeik Keshishzadeh, Behrouz Khaligh, Mahdi
Khanbaba Tehrani, Amin Khojastehfar, Aliasghar Khorsand, Mostafa Khosravi,
Esmaeil Khotaei, Azadeh Kian, Alireza Kiani, Taghi Kimiaei Asadi, Parvin Kohzadi,
Kazem Kordavani, Saeedeh Kordinejad, Hamid Kosari, Omid Kouhi, Masoud Lavasani,
Hamid Mafi, Samira Maghami, Manouchehr Maghsoudnia, Maziar Mahboubi, Akbar Mahdi,
Pouyan Mahmoudian, Sara Mahrouian, Darioush Majlesi, Hasan Makaremi, Morteza
Malak Mohammadi, Noushin Manouchehri, Meysam Mashayekh, Abdolhamid Masoumi
Tehrani, Parastou Matinzadeh, Hanif Mazrouei, Ahmad Medaadi, Behzad Mehrani,
Amir Memarian, Yaser Mirdamadi, Mehran Mirfakhraei, Ziba Mirhosseini, Anvar
Mirsattari, Mansour Moaddel, Reza Mobin, Hossein Moghaddam, Majid Mohammadi,
Maliheh Mohammadi, Farahnaz Mohammadi, Amin Mohammadi Rad, Ali Mohtadi, Hamid
Mokhtari, Peyman Molaz, Ahmad Montazeri, Reza Mosouli, Nariman Mostafavi, Mahdi
Motamedimehr, Meysam Motamednia, Majid Movahhed, Mahdi Mozaffari, Seyyed Ali
Akbar Musavi Khoeini. Ebrahim Nabavi. Fereydoun Naghibi, Roja Najafi, Youhanna
Najdi, Hojjat Narenji, Roya Naseri, Mazdak Nasiri, Dawoud Navaeian, Mohammad
Navvab, Hasan Nayeb Hashem, Ali Nazari, Farrokh Negahdar, Morteza Negahi,
Shervin Nekouei, Razieh Neshat, Bourgan Nezami Narjabad, Sajjad Nikaein,
Mohammad Reza Nikfar, Majid Niknam, Hossein Niknam Amini, Shavon Noakhtar, Shiva
Nojou, Manouchehr Norouzian, Mohammad Reza Nosrati, Amir Nourafkan, Mahdi
Nourbakhsh, Shahin Nourbakhsh, Farhad Nouri, Mohammad Nourizad, Mahdi Nozar.
Maryam Oghlidi, Hamid Omrani, Mohammad Orsi, Kamran Oshtori, Nikrouz Oulad Azami,
Mohammad , uliaei Fard, Mohammad Panahi, Mahnaz Parakand, Soheil Parhizi,
Darioush Parsa, Misagh Parsa, Ali Parsan, Saeed Peyvandi, Katayun Pezeshki,
Bijan Pirzadeh, Asal Pirzadeh, Saeed Pour Heidari, Omid Pour Mohammadali, Ahmad
Pourmandi. Sudeh Rad, Alireza Raeisi, Ahmad Rafat, Hassan Rahi, Mojtaba Rahimi,
Kamal Rahmanian, Mohammad Rajabi, Aliasghar Ramezanpour, Nima Rashedan, Amir
Rashidi, Arman Reza Khani, Shideh Rezaei, Sahar Rezazadeh, Azita Rezvan, Amin
Riahi, Akbar Rohani, Anahita Rostampour, Meysam Roudaki, Farhad Rouhi, Maryam
Rouzbehani, Setareh Sabeti, Mohammad Sadeghi, Amin Sadeghi, Mahmoud Sadri, Karen
Sadri, Mahdi Saeedpour, Maryam Safaei, Siavash Safavi, Zohreh Saffarian, Amir
Saffarian, Ramin Safizadeh, Bijan Safsari, Mohammad Sahimi, Mehrzad Salamat
Farmad, Misagh Salamat Farmad, Mahshad Salamat Farmad, Mahbod Salamat Farmad,
Shida Salari, Hamid Salek, Ali Samad, Farrokh Saniei Far, Reza Saniei Far, Nasim
Sarabandi, Hasan Sarbakhshian, Mehdi Savalanpour, Bali Sedaghat, Kourosh Sehhati,
Sadra Semnani Rahbar, Amir Hossein Seraji, Masoud Shabafrouz, Darab Shabahang,
Rouhi Shafiei, Shahnaz Shahini, Sajjad Shahmoradi, Gholamreza Shahmoradi, Ali
Shakeri, Rahim Shambayani, Karim Shambayani, Seyyed Ahmad Shams, Fateme Shams,
Mohammad Javad Sharifi Navid, Parvin Shatti, Farzaneh Shervin, Annas Shirazi,
Hamid Shirazi, Arman Shirazi, Sadegh Shojaei, Mansoureh Shojaei, Ardalan
Shokrabi, Salman Sima, Reza Siavoshi, Hossein Sobhanollahi, Saeedeh Sohrabi,
Gholamreza Sojoudi, Hamid Reza Soleimani, Amin Sorkhabi, Behrouz Sotoudeh,
Behzad Sotoudeh, Laleh Sotoudeh, Farhad Soufi, Ali Tabatabaei, Habib Tabrizian,
Maryam Tahmasbi, Khosro Tajrobeh Kar, Arefeh Sadat Tajzadeh, Ashkbous Talebi,
Majid Tamjidi, Ali Tarokh., Majid Tavallaei, Shahram Tehrani, Nayyereh Tohidi,
Roya Tolouei, Mohammad Torabi, Hossein Torkashvand, Farshad Toumaj, Farzin
Vahdat, Alireza Vakili, Sajjad Veismoradi, Darioush Vosoughi, Mahdi Yarmohammadi,
Hamideh Yazdani, Ashakn Yazdchi, Hadi Yousefi, Yousefzadeh Yousefzadeh, Hasan
Zahtab, Mohsen Zamani, Saman Zamanzadeh, Mihan Zandi, Hamid Zanganeh, Isa
Zargarian, Esmaeil Zargarian, Hamid Reza Zarifinia, Fathieh Zarkesh Yazdi,
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