#1 to RAN 11/07
Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN is alarmed by the death
sentence handed down to Iranian Kurdish journalist, writer and human rights
activist Adnan Hassanpour on 16 July 2007. Hassanpour, who was arrested on
25 January 2007, is believed to have been convicted of being a mohareb
(‘enemy of God’) and ‘acting against national security’, apparently
for expressing his views on the Kurdish issue. International PEN fears that
he is being detained solely for the peaceful exercise of his right to free
expression, and calls for his immediate and unconditional release in
accordance with Article 19 of the United Nations International Covenant of
Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Iran is a signatory.
to PEN’s information, Adnan Hassanpour, journalist and advocate of
cultural rights for Iranian Kurds, was detained on 25 January 2007 in
Marivan, a small city in the northwestern province of Kurdistan. He was
reportedly held incommunicado without charge in a Ministry of Intelligence
facility in Marivan, and transferred to Marivan prison on 26 March 2007. He
appeared before the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Sanandaj on 12 June 2007,
in the presence of his lawyer.
23 July 2007, four Kurdish intellectuals were arrested for their activities
in support of Hassanpour and Butimar, including journalist Ako
Kurdnasab, a Board member of the weekly Karaftu, Behzad Kordestani, a well-known poet and writer from
Marivan, and Bakhtiyar Rehimi, a journalist from Marivan. Behzad Kordestani
was released without charge on 24 July 2007, but Ako Kurdnasab and Bakhtiyar
Rehimi will reportedly remain in jail for at least two months, and are
feared to be held incommunicado.
PEN is deeply concerned about an apparant pattern of repression against
journalists and human rights activists in Iranian Kurdistan, which has been
ongoing since unrest
broke out in the Kurdish areas of Iran in July 2005, and was violently
suppressed by the authorities. Several other
Iranian-Kurdish journalists are currently detained, including Kaveh
Javanmard, Mohammad Sadiq Kabudvand and
Ejlal Qavami (see previous alerts).
dismay at the death sentence handed down to journalist Adnan Hassanpour, and
fears that he is being held in violation of Article 19 of the ICCPR.
concerns at reports that he has been ill treated in detention, and seeking
reassurances from the Iranian authorities that Adnan Hassanpour’s
wellbeing is guaranteed.
concern about an apparent crackdown on Iranian-Kurdish journalists and
writers, and calling for the immediate and unconditional release of all
journalists and writers detained in Iranian Kurdistan solely for the
peaceful expression of their views.
Leader of the Islamic Republic
Excellency Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei,
Office of the Supreme Leader
Street, Qom, Islamic Republic of Iran
of the Judiciary
Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi
of Justice, Park-e Shahr,
Islamic Republic of Iran
via Judiciary website: Iranjudiciary.org/feedback_en.html
Hossein Mohseni Ejeie
Republic of Iran.
Excellency Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Islamic Republic of Iran
Via Foreign Ministry: +98 21 6 674 790
"Please forward to H.E. President Ahmadinejad")
possible please send a copy of your appeal to the diplomatic representative
for Iran in your country.
For further information please contact Cathy McCann at International PEN Writers in Prison Committee, Brownlow House, 50/51 High Holborn, London WC1V 6ER, Tel.+ 44 (0) 20 7405 0338, Fax: +44 (0) 20 7405 0339, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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