Protesting the disappearance of Political Prisoners in Iran

Protesting the disappearance of Political Prisoners in Iran

Published by on February 3, 2016

Saeed-ZeinaliMore than 300 political and civil activists signed an open letter to the United Nations Secretary-General asking the Secretary General to call for an independent investigation in the whereabouts of student activist Saeed Zeinali who disappeared 16 years ago.

During the student protests at that time Zeinali was arrested by plainclothes security agents on July 14, 1999 at his home before the very eyes of his family members. However, there is no information of his whereabouts to this day.

Saeed’s mother has been going to all judiciary institutions for 16 years looking to find her son, yet she has received no answers. The last time Saeed telephoned his family was in September 1999, meaning only two months after his arrest.

A letter signed by more than 300 political and civil activists reads in part the Zeinali family has been threatened and arrested many times during these 16 years, and even some members thrown behind bars. The last incident of such measures took place when the families of political prisoners held rallies outside Tehran’s Evin Prison and prison guards took violent measures against Saeed’s old father.

This letter also refers to another case of an individual by the name of Fereshte Alizadeh who disappeared and her mother has been searching for her for years. Without finding a trace for years her mother passed away in grief of this pain.

This letter has also been transcript to Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, and the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances of the U.N. Human Rights Council.


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Dear Secretary General of United Nations,

The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

We, the undersigned, hereby urge you to take up this issue and raise it in the General Assembly in order to;

1. Put pressure on Iran to immediately halt the executions and abolish death penalty in Iran.
2. Call on all Western governments to make any improvement in economic relations with Iran contingent on its human rights record.
3. Demand in its resolution on human rights violations in Iran, to bring the perpetrators of 1988 massacre (one of the worst atrocities the post-war world has ever seen – Geoffrey Robertson-QC) to justice before an international tribunal.

Executions must stop.

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