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Betreff: Please help Ahmad Zeidabadi, prisoner of conscience in Iran
I am writing to express my concern about Ahmad Zeid Abadi, the Iranian journalist and political analyst who 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.
I therefore ask you to take prompt action by urging the Iranian government to release Mr. Zeidabadi immediately and unconditionally as he is a prisoner of conscience.
I also ask you to engage seriously and uninterruptedly with the UN in order to appoint a special human rights rapporteur to visit Iran and investigate on the conditions of Mr. Zeidabadi and those of all prisoners of conscience in Iran.
Thank you in advance for your attention.
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