Sunday, June 7, 2009

Open letter of imprisoned student to Head of Iranian Judiciary

Lotfollah Poor Abdollah, in an open letter to Shahroudi has demanded for the basic Legal Rights of his son, Mohammad Poor Abdollah, who has been detained arbitrarily for the past 100 days.

According to Mr. Poor Abdollah this is the second letter in a row that he has written to the Judiciary head, demanding a meeting over his sons' situation but in vain.

Parts of this letter read;
It is now 40 days that Mohammad Poor Abdollah has been isolated in solitary confinement and the rest of those arrested simultaneously sent to Ghezel Hessar prison. Of course it is evident that detaining a suspect in solitary confinement under such conditions is –according to International Covenants of Human Rights – equivalent to "torture".

Recently you have been quoted in news media to have said "Prison is not to be used for revenge, torture and obtaining confessions".

How is it then that my son, who is only a student, has been kept in solitary confinement for 40 days? I have no doubt that you are aware how suspects are treated and looked after in solitary confinements to be forced into confessions.

In a separate speech you claimed: "If some one is imprisoned, his or her family would be under severe strain, and they should be cared for".

How is it then that;
-After one month of interrogation, only because my son refused to sign the proposed official testimony his temporary detention has been re-instigated, and he has been ordered transfer to Ghezel Hessar prison

-According to Mr.Mandegars'(Deputy Head of Judiciary) specific orders, he is not allowed to bail out for any amount after which his case has been transferred to the Court.

This action surely is to elongate the prison term of my innocent son and torment his family.

In view of the latter and considering that it is now 100 days that my son is in prison, rejecting the right to bail, and keeping a student in a ward of criminals intercepted for heavy and dangerous crimes and addiction, is not taking revenge and torture"?

Do you not think that these illegal actions are in contradiction to your comments and beliefs and the Judiciary system?

I ask your honor to order the review of my sons' innocence in order to pave the way for his freedom.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Letter to the Head of the Judiciary to Release Osanloo

International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran: His Excellency Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi ShahroudiHowzeh Riyasat-e Qoveh Qazaieh / Office of the Head of the JudiciaryEmail:
1 June 2009
Your Excellency,
I am writing on behalf of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran to express our alarm about threats to the health and safety of imprisoned labor leader Mansour Osanloo, and to appeal urgently for your intervention.

We are seriously concerned for Mr. Osanloo’s life. He is held in Rajaiee Shahr prison, in Karaj, along with violent criminals who have threatened his life. He could die as a result of such attacks and ensuing mayhem. He should not be held under such dangerous circumstances. Furthermore, having served more than half of his prison term, the Iranian laws allow for his release, which we urge you to immediately implement.

Mr. Osanloo has been violently attacked twice in the past 10 days. On 19 May 2009, he was assaulted by a group of prisoners, and only escaped harm by being defended by others. On 30 May 2009, Osanloo’s life was threatened by Morteza Lak Tabrizi, one of the violent criminals with whom he is currently confined. While other prisoners managed to pull away Lak Tabrizi, he threatened Osanloo by repeatedly screaming, “I will have you cut into pieces with a knife.” We understand Lak Tabrizi is one of the most dangerous criminals inside Iranian prisons. Holding Osanloo in his proximity and exposing him to such threats only exacerbates our concerns.

Osanloo’s aging mother and his wife are also in vulnerable situations, witnessing how his life is threatened inside prison and his health deteriorating. They have made several attempts to submit a letter to your office but your staff refused to accept their petition addressed to you, treated them rudely, and ignoring their submission, they were expelled from the premises.

Osanloo’s health situation has been deteriorating for many months. Numerous human rights and labor organizations, as well as international organizations and governments, have expressed concern about the lack of proper attention to his severe health problems; about the fact that he is inappropriately incarcerated along with some of the most dangerous convicted criminals in Iran; and about the fact that Osanloo is a political prisoner and a prisoner of conscience, whose only “crime” has been his work on behalf of the legitimate rights of workers in Iran.

The continued neglect of Osanloo’s life-threatening health problems and threats against him by other prisoners can easily result in further deterioration or even his death. Official medical experts have warned that he cannot tolerate continued imprisonment under the prevailing conditions. As you know, under international law, Iranian authorities are legally responsible for the welfare of prisoners under their supervision.

At this point, Mr. Osanloo has served over half of his sentence, and has been allowed no vacation from prison. According to his lawyer, he can be released at this time, a course of action we respectfully ask that you consider.

We will be deeply grateful for your urgent intervention in this matter, which, if left unattended, can result in a tragedy with far-reaching, negative consequences for Iran.