Please help Ahmad Zeidabadi and Shiva Nazar Ahari
The prisoner's worst nightmare is the thought of being forgotten. Please help Ahmad Zeidabadi and Shiva Nazar Ahari!
Ahmad Zeid Abadi, Iranian journalist and political analyst, was imprisoned following Iran's disputed presidential election in June 2009. He was tortured and beaten violently in prison in order to give forced confessions. He was held in solitary confinement for 35 days after his arrest in a coffin-like cell only 1.5m long.
Mr. Zeidabadi was tried in August 2009, along with more than 40 other journalists and 100 prominent supporters of the country's pro-reform movement, on charges of plotting to overthrow the clerical theocracy with a "soft revolution" and was harshly sentenced to six years in prison,5 years in exile and a lifetime ban on practicing his profession as a journalist. One week after his trial began, Mr. Zeid-Abadi went on a hunger strike to protest his detention, and was hospitalized for 17 days when he was found unconscious in his cell.
Mr. Zeidabadi is currently serving time under very difficult conditions among dangerous common criminals at Rajaee Shahr Prison in Karaj, which lacks prisoner classification. According to his wife, prison visits are very difficult and their three children have to spend hours to visit their father through a booth for 15 minutes and get the opportunity to do so once every 3 or 4 months.
Mr. Zeidabadi is being held in prison solely for peacefully exercising his rights to freedom expression and association.
Shiva Nazar Ahari, a human rights activist and a journalist detained in the Islamic Republic of Iran since December 20 2009, is now facing the charge of Moharebeh (enmity against God). Yet I think she's detained and put in trial just because of her work as a member of the Committee of Human Rights Reporters. I would like to remind you that collecting and publicizing information about human rights violations is a right guaranteed under Article 19(2) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a state party, which includes "the freedom to speak, receive and impart information ... regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media". Shiva Nazar Ahari is just a young lady who deeply loves her country and who spent her best years helping disadvantaged children and defending human rights in Iran. I think that Iran should be proud to have such a daughter who honors the high tradition and history of her country, and should not persecuting and detaining her.
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