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UPDATE: Shadi Sadr Released From Prison

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The Iranian authorities have released Shadi Sadr, journalist, human rights lawyer, and activist, over a week after her unlawful arrest and imprisonment. Targeted for her defense of human rights, Sadr was violently arrested on July 17th, 2009 and was released on bail on July 28th, 2009.

Thank you to all of you who used the World Pulse website to take action and who wrote letters to show your support for Shadi Sadr. While the international campaign to secure Sadr’s release from prison was successful, Sadr is one of many activists who have been unjustly arrested in Iran since the disputed presidential election. Your continued concern and pressure can help keep governments accountable for their actions and prevent people from being persecuted for promoting human rights.

Shadi Sadr, a prominent journalist, lawyer and women’s rights activist, was unjustly arrested on July 17, 2009 by men who were reportedly police officers in civilian dress, and was taken to an undisclosed location.

Sadr was walking down a busy road in Tehran with fellow women activists on her way to a sermon when the men pulled her into a car and then beat her with batons when she unsuccessfully struggled to escape. The men reportedly refused to show Ms. Sadr any warrant for her arrest when they forced her into the vehicle.

Ms. Sadr works with the One Million Signatures Campaign, is an active member of Meydaan (Women’s Field), director of Raahi (legal advice center for women), and founder of Zanan-e Iran ('Women of Iran,' the first website dedicated to the work of Iranian women's rights activists), and has written extensively about Iranian women and their legal rights.

Ms. Sadr’s violent and unjust arrest is evidence of an escalation in attacks against human rights activists by the Iranian government since demonstrations began protesting the disputed presidential election in Iran. She is not alone in the rising number of illegal and arbitrary arrests that have left the whereabouts of numerous other human rights defenders, social justice activists, and journalists unknown, and their safety and well-being even more uncertain.

Now is the time to come together and stand in defense of Shadi Sadr and the many others that have been unjustly persecuted in Iran. Join us in a letter writing campaign to call for Ms. Sadr's immediate and unconditional release. Please write to local and international media, spread the word throughout your social networks and communities, and press your policy makers, embassies, and the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay to take immediate action to protect the basic human rights of all those who are being abused and arrested in Iran. Letters demanding Shadi Sadr's release and protection can be sent to the UN at the following addresses:

The Honorable Ban Ki-Moon
Secretary General
760 United Nations Plaza
United Nations
New York, NY 10017
Web contact: www.un.org/en/contactus/contactform.asp

Ms. Navanethem Pillay
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
Email: infodesk@ohchr.org

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