Kurdistan: Woman stoned to death for eloping

"In the latest killing, or at least the latest to come to public attention, Kurdistan Aziz was 16 years old when she escaped her family with a man she knew they would not accept, and courageously following the ancient tradition of 'radu kauten' they eloped together to Arbil, the capital city of Iraqi Kurdistan. They planned to start a life together. But her father had other ideas for her; not of love, happiness or choice but that she must die for this rebellion against the patriarchal order.
Source: 
ICAHK/IKWRO
Action needed: 
You can write a polite but firm letter expressing your concern about the murder of Kurdistan Aziz and encouraging the following demands:

* National police must act immediately to apprehend the father of Kurdistan Aziz and all members of the Aziz family and prosecute them for murder.

* National police must investigate the Department to End Domestic Violence and discover the individual responsible for accepting the bribe and prosecute him or her as an accessory to murder.

* All employees working for the Department to End Domestic Violence must be investigated; anyone who had knowledge of the bribe must be dismissed from service and hold no role in public service in the future. Women cannot have confidence in an organization that has been proven to accept bribes and this must be addressed.

* No public official should accept the assurance of a father, or any other community member that a person released to them will not be harmed. These assurances provide no protection to the potential victim; they should provide none to any other person.

* The PUK in Sulemaniya are grossly negligent. Whoever made the decision to ignore the stoning of this young girl is unfit to hold public office and must be dismissed and face criminal charges.

* All members of the Department must be trained and taught about their responsibilities; and the consequences of betraying the trust of vulnerable women.

* Public officials should never release a vulnerable girl or woman to any relative or other community figure even if that person gives assurances of her safety. These assurances provide no protection. It should go without saying that they should provide no protection for corrupt and collusive officials.

* There must be a full enquiry into all the failures and an analysis of how the system of protection can be improved; it must include extreme professional and criminal repercussions to any individual in public life who ignore or betray women at risk of violence.

* Public awareness needs to be organised through the media

Addresses: 
Addresses:

The Kurdistan Regional Government in Erbil
Phone: 873-156-2753
Fax: 001-651-846-6051
Email: Mhacerbil@aol.com

KRG Representation in the United States
Office: 202 776 7196
Fax: 202 887 9168
Email: KRG4USA@aol.com
Kurdistan Regional Government-Erbil
USA Representation
1050 Seventeenth Street, NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036

KRG Representation in the United Kingdom
Phone: 020-7828-8616
Fax: 020-7828-8526
Email: krguk@aol.com
7 Belgrave Road
London SW1V 1QB

KRG-European Union Mission
Phone: +32-2-513 72 28
Fax: +32-2-513 36 79
Email: krg.eu@skynet.be
rue le la Loi 221
1040 Brussels
BELGIUM

KRG Representation in the Nordic Countries
Phone: +46 8 442 0505
Fax: +46 8 442 0905
Email: krg.nordic@telia.com
Box 7127
SE-170 07 Solna
Sweden

KRG Representation in Germany
Phone: +49 30 7974 8491
Fax: +49 30 7974 8492
Email: KrgInGermany@netscape.net
Vertretung der Regionalregierung-Kurdistan Irak in Deutschland
P.O. Box 150 101
D-10633 Berlin, Germany

KRG Office with UN & NGOs
Phone: 0041- 22 732 1656
Fax: 0041- 22 732 1659
Email: unrep@krg.org
34 Rue du Moillelbeau
1209 Geneve, Switzerland

KRG Representation in France
Phone: +33 1 42 65 18 45
Fax: +33 1 42 65 18 46
Email: krgfrance@wanadoo.fr

You can also: send an email via this link.

Nepal: Women human rights defender murdered

The National Alliance of Women Human Rights Defenders (NAWHRDs) requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Nepal. NAWHRDs is shocked and appalled about death of Ms. Laxmi Bohara, 28, a member of Women Human Rights Defender Network, Kanchanpur and a resident of Champapur, Ward No. 8, Daji Village Development Committee in Kanchanpur district. She was severely beaten and physically injured by her husband and mother-in-law and later died in the zone hospital.
Source: 
NAWHRDs
Action needed: 
You can write to the following people requesting that:

1. Request the authorities to proper investigation of the incident and the steps to penalize the perpetrator;

2. To engage with the National Human Rights Commission Nepal, Government of Nepal and Office of the High Commission of Human Rights Nepal to ensure that the due process of law is respected;

3. Denounce irresponsible and distrustful behaviour of the District Police Office of Kanchanpur district especially DSP Kisan Chand;

4. Stop intimidation and harassment of other Women Human Rights Defenders who are fighting for the Justice

5. Immediate assurance that the Women Human Rights Defenders do not face violence and threats ;

6. Conform with the provisions of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 9, 1998, especially its Article 9 that states that Right to Remedy/Justice for violation of Rights;

7. Ensure that the children are well and safe.

Addresses: 
Addresses

1. Mr. Girija Prasad Koirala
Prime Minister's office
Singha Durbar
Kathmandu
NEPAL
Fax: + 977 1-4428220

2.Mr. Krishna Prasad Sitaula
Home Minister
Singha Darbar
Kathmandu
NEPAL
Fax: +977 1 4211232
Email: moha@wlink.com.np

3. Mr. Ram Chandra Poudel
Minister for Peace and Rehabilitation
Peace Secretariat
Singh Durbar,
Kathmandu, Nepal.
Fax: +977 1 4211186 and 4211173
E-mail: info@peace.gov.np

4. Ms. Pampa Bhusal
Minister for Women, Children and Social Welfare
Singha Durbar
Kathmandu, Nepal
Fax: 977-1-4241516
E-mail: mowcsw@ntc.net.np

5. Ms. Nainkala Thapa
Chairperson
National Women's Commission
Bhadrakali Plaza
Kathmandu, Nepal
Fax: 977-1-4256783
E-mail: nwc@htp.com.np

6. Mr. Pushpa Kamal Dahal (Prachanda)
Chairman Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)
Lalitpur, Nepal
Fax: 977-1- 4784045

7. Mr. Jhala Nath Khanal
Member Secretary
Nepal Communist Secretary ( UML)
Fax: Fax: 9771-1 425184, 4112241

8. Mr. Lilamani Pokharel
Janamorcha Nepal
Kathmandu
Nepal
Fax: 977-1- 4251841

9. Mr. Kedar Nath Udadhaya
Chairperson
National Human Rights Commission ( Headquarter - Kathmandu)
Harihar Bhawan, Pulchowk, Lalitpur, Nepal
G.P.O. Box: 9182, Kathmandu, Nepal
Fax: +977-1-5547973
E-mail: nhrc@nhrcnepal.org

10. National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) - Nepal, Far-Western Regional Office, Dhangadi
Uttar Behadi, Ratopul, Dhangadi, Kailali, Nepal
Tel: 091-525621,525622
Fax: 00977-91-525623
E-mail: nhrcdhn@nhrcnepal.org

11. Mr. Richard Bennet
Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal (OHCHR)
Museum Road, Chhauni, G.P.O. Box 24555, Kathmandu
Fax: 977 1 4670712, 4670713
Field Office Far-Western Region
Hasanpur-5, Dhangadhi Municipality, Kailali
E-mail: registry.dgd.np@ohchr.org

12. Ms. Margaret Sekaggya
Special Representative of the Secretary General for human rights defenders
Att: Melinda Ching Simon
Room 1-040, c/o OHCHR-UNOG
1211 Geneva 10
SWITZERLAND
Tel: +41 22 917 93 88
Fax: +41 22 917 9006
E-mail: MChingSimon@ohchr.org

13. Ms. Yakin Erturk
Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women
Room 3-042
c/o OHCHR-UNOG
1211 Geneva 10
SWITZERLAND
Tel: +41 22 917 9615
Fax: +41 22 917 9006 (ATTN: SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN)

14. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women
c/o Division for the Advancement of Women, Department of Economic and Social Affairs
United Nations Secretariat
2 United Nations Plaza
DC-2/12th Floor
New York, NY 10017
United States of America
Fax: 1-212-963-3463

Please also copy us at wluml@wluml.org and inform us of any actions taken

Iran: Nine more women’s rights activists arrested

On June 12th, the occasion of the National Day of Solidarity of Iranian Women, nine women’s rights activists were arrested outside of the Rahe Abrisham Gallery just prior to a small, peaceful assembly planned to commemorate the day.
Source: 
WLUML networkers / WLP

Bougainville: Women's Minister fired for speaking out against mining company

On Monday 3 June 2008, the Women’s Minister of the Bougainville Autonomous Government was sacked from her Cabinet position. Magdalene Toroansi was the lone voice in the Cabinet to oppose President Kabui’s signature to a mining contract with Canadian mining company, Invincible which would reopen the Panguna Mine in Central Bougainville, taking 70 per cent of the profits offshore.
Source: 
WLUML networkers
Action needed: 
You can send a letter to the President of Bougainville and embassies in your home country.

Sample Letter

YOUR LETTERHEAD

DATE

President Kabui
Bougainville Autonomous Government
Buka, Bougainville
Fax: + 675 973 9061
Email: abghausparl@daltron.com.pg
Ph: + 675 973 9416

Dear President Kabui,

I / We urge you to reinstate the Women’s Minister of the Bougainville Autonomous Government, Magdalene Toroansi.

Magdalene Toroansi represented very valid concerns in your country when she opposed the reopening of the Panguna mine in your Cabinet vote.

The sensitivities around the Panguna mine and the associated fears of conflict aroused by its reopening are valid given that this mine, and particularly its operation by foreign companies, has caused so much pain and death during the 1989-2002 fighting.

There are strong grounds for questioning your signature on the agreement with the Canadian company, Invincible. There was no transparency, accountability or due process; the parliament had not been consulted, let alone the women land owners.

Mr. President, to preserve the very fragile peace in Bougainville, and to preserve your culture, the women land owners must be consulted on any decision to mine land by your government.

Your Women’s Minister was serving you well by representing her constituency, and by trying to help you see the potential results of a hasty action on the Panguna mine. Your leadership should be able to sustain criticism and questions; sacking those who challenge you is not acceptable. It is especially unacceptable to remove voices who are working to prevent conflict, and conflict is a very strong possibility if the Panguna mine is not handled very carefully.

My organisation strongly urges you to withdraw the agreement with Invincible and reinstate Magdalene Toroansi. We are contacting our Foreign Ministry to communicate our concerns about the situation in Bougainville.

Yours sincerely,

YOUR SIGNATURE
YOUR TITLE

Algeria: Cherifa Kheddar unfairly dismissed

Through WLUML networkers, the Algerian 'Collectif des familles de disparus' (CFDA) and the OMCT, we have learned of the unfair dismissal of Ms. Cherifa Kheddar from her position of employment at the prefecture of Blida. Kheddar is the president of the Djazairouna association, a group which defends the victims of terrorism.
Source: 
WLUML networkers
Action needed: 
Sample Letter Dear Sir:

[I am] / [We are] deeply concerned to learn of the unfair dismissal of Ms. Cherifa Kheddar from her position of employment at the prefecture of Blida, Algeria where she had worked for 12 years. Ms. Kheddar is also the president of the Djazairouna association, a group that defends the victims of terrorism.

She had just returned from a week of training organised in Rabat, Morocco, which she had taken official leave in order to attend. Some of her colleagues asked her not to contact them anymore and not to speak in their presence about her opposition to the Charter for peace and national reconciliation (la Charte pour la paix et la réconciliation nationale). In the past Ms. Kheddar had received warnings from her superiors for her actions in the defence of human rights.

[I] / [We] express [my] / [our] deep concern about the firing of Ms. Cherifa Kheddar, which seems to be a punishment for her activities in the defence of human rights and which will deprive her of resources and her livelihood.

[I] / [We] therefore urge that the following measures be taken immediately by the Algerian authorities:

1. To guarantee the security and psychological integrity of Ms. Kheddar.

2. To allow Ms. Kheddar to contest in front of an independent and impartial judge the lawfulness of her dismissal.

3. To immediately end any harassment against Ms. Kheddar and indeed, against all non-violent defenders of human rights in Algeria to allow them to continue their peaceful activities without obstacles.

4. To conform to the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, especially to Article 1, which declares that: “Everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, to promote and to strive for the protection and realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms at the national and international levels”, and article 5c that says “everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, at the national and international levels…To communicate with non-governmental or intergovernmental organizations” and article 12.2, that affirms that “The State shall take all necessary measures to ensure the protection by the competent authorities of everyone, individually and in association with others, against any violence, threats, retaliation, de facto or de jure adverse discrimination, pressure or any other arbitrary action as a consequence of his or her legitimate exercise of the rights referred to in the present Declaration.”

5. In general, [I am] / [we are] asking Algeria to conform to the standards and spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to the regional and international instruments regarding human rights ratified by your state.

[I] / [We] thank you for your attention to this matter.

Yours sincerely,

[Your name]

Addresses: 
Addresses

Mr. Abdelaziz Bouteflika
President of the Republic
Presidency, El-Mouradia
Algiers, Algeria
Tel : +00 213 21 69 15 15
Fax : +213 21 69 15 95
E-mail: President@el-mouradia.dz

Mr. Farouk Ksentini
President of the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt
Allée du Peuple
16000 Algiers, Algeria
Tél : +00 213 (0) 21230311 / 230214

Mr. Amar Saadani
President of the Popular National Assembly
18 boulevard Zirouf Youcef
16000 Algiers, Algeria
Tél : 00 213 021 73 86 00 / 10

Mr. Noureddine Yazid Zerhouni
Minister of the Interior
Ministry of the Interior and Local Collectives, the Environment and Administrative Reform
Rue du Docteur Saâdane
Algiers, Algeria
Tél : 00 213 (0) 21 73 23 40 / 00 213 (0) 21 73 23 48 / 00 213 (0) 21 73 12 00 00 213
Fax : (00 213 0) 21 92 12 43

Mr. Tayeb Belaiz
Minister of Justice
Ministry of Justice
8 Place de Bir-Hakem
El-Biar, Algiers, Algeria
Tél : 00 213 (0) 21 92 16 08
Fax : 00 213 (0) 21 74 76 64 / + 213 21 92 17 01 / 29 56

S.E. Idriss Jazaïry
Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Algeria to the UN in Geneva
Route de Lausanne 308, CH-1293
Bellevue, Switzerland
E-mail: mission.algerie@mission-algerie.ch
Fax: +4122 / 774.30.49

S.E. Halim Benattallah
Ambassador of Algeria to Belgium
Avenue Molière 207
1050 Bruxelles, Belgium
Fax : 0032 343 51 68
E-mail: info@algerian-embassy.be

Embassy of Algeria in the UK
54 Holland Park
London, W11 3RS
United Kingdom

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders
Mrs. Margaret Sekaggya
c/o Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights – Palais Wilson
United Nations Office at Geneva
CH 1211 Geneva 10
Switzerland
(f) +41(0) 22.917.90.06
urgent-action@ohchr.org

The UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women...
OHCHR-UNOG,
8-14 Avenue de la Paix
1211 Geneva 10,
Switzerland
Fax: +00 41 22 917 9006
E-mail: urgent-action@ohchr.org

OMCT (Organisation Mondiale Contre la Torture)
Case postale 21 - 8 rue du Vieux-Billard 1211
Genève 8, Switzerland
(f) + 41 22 809 49 39 / 41 22 809 49 29
(and indicate the code of the appeal: DZA 002 / 0508 / OBS 089)

Please also copy all correspondence to us at wluml@wluml.org

Iran: More women's rights defenders sentenced

Four women's rights activists, Nasrin Afzali, Nahid Jafari, Zeinab Peighambar-zadeh, and Minou Mortazi, have been given suspended sentences of whipping (10 lashes) and six months imprisonment.
Source: 
WLUML networkers
Action needed: 
You can contact to the Iranian authorities and the embassy of Iran in your home country via letter, email, fax and/or telephone.

SAMPLE LETTER

Your Excellency,

I/we write to express my/our deep concern at the news of the revolutionary court in Tehran sentencing numerous women to harsh sentences. Four women's rights activists, Nasrin Afzali, Nahid Jafari, Zeinab Peighambar-zadeh, and Minou Mortazi, have been given suspended sentences of whipping (10 lashes) and six months imprisonment. They have been given this harsh sentence for having been part of a small group of people who gathered outside the Revolutionary Court in March, 2007 to register their objections to the trial of five other women activists earlier charged for taking part in a peaceful demonstration in 2006 to demand the removal of laws discriminating against women. Subsequently, Parvin Ardalan has also been given a suspended sentence of 10 lashes and 2 years imprisonment and on May 1st 2008 the 13th Branch of the Revolutionary Court sentenced Rezvan Moghadam to a 6 months prison term and 10 lashes, suspended for 2 years.

We are alarmed at the new trend of handing down sentences of whipping for women activists which seems a deliberate attempt to humiliate since the sentence places them in the same category as criminals and those carrying out vandalism. Women activists have been sentenced for "acting against national security, disrupting public order, and refusing to follow police orders."

It is a matter of grave concern that although the Iranian constitution grants the freedom of peaceful demonstration, police forces often use violent means to disrupt peaceful assemblies and arrest women demonstrators who are subsequently handed down harsh sentences. We are worried that through such treatment of their citizens and women activists, the Iranian authorities are attempting to ensure that women remain silent and give up their basic democratic rights as citizens of Iran.

We call upon Your Excellency, as the Head of the Iranian Judiciary, to take appropriate steps that would enable the authorities to withdraw these cases and to ensure that citizens are enabled to exercise the right to express their opinions as provided for under the constitution.

Yours Sincerely,

[Your name]

Addresses: 
The Supreme Leader: Ayatollah Khamenei
Tel: +98 21 64412020
Fax: +98 251 7774 2228
His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed 'Ali Khamenei, The Office of the Supreme Leader
Shoahada Street, Qom, Islamic Republic of Iran
Email: info@leader.ir / istiftaa@wilayah.org / webmaster@wilayah.org
Salutation: Your Excellency

The Head of Judiciary: Ayatollah Shahroudi
Tel: +98-21 22741002
+98-21 22741003
+98-21 22741004
+98-21 22741005
Fax: + 98 21 3390 4986
His Excellency Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi
Ministry of Justice, Park-e Shahr, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
irjpr@iranjudiciary.com and info@dadgostary-tehran.ir
Salutation: Your Excellency

The President: Mr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Tel: +98 21 88825071
+98 21 88825072
+98 21 88825073
+98 21 88825074
+98 21 88825075
Fax: Via foreign affairs: +98 21 6 674 790 and ask to be forwarded to His Excellency Ahmadinejad
The Presidency
Palestine Avenue, Azerbaijan Intersection,
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Email: dr-ahmadinejad@president.ir
Salutation: His Excellency

Head of the Committee of Human Rights in the Judiciary:
His Excellency Mohammad Javad Larijani
c/o Office of the Deputy for International Affairs
Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Justice Building,
Panzdah-Khordad (Ark) Square,
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Fax : + 98 21 5 537 8827

Please note that you may have difficulty contacting the officials inside Iran. Please also contact the Iranian officials in your country of residence, for whom some telephone and fax numbers are listed below:

United States:
Interests Section of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Washington, D.C. Tel: +(202) 965-4990; (202) 965-4991; (202) 965-4992; (202) 965-4993; (202) 965-4994; (202) 965-4999
Fax: (202) 965-1073; (202) 965-4990

Canada: Embassy of Iran in Ottawa
Tel: (613) 232-5712

United Kingdom: Embassy of Iran in London
Tel: 0207-225-3000
Fax: 0207-589-4440

Switzerland: Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations in Switzerland, Geneva
Tel: (41-22)332 21 00-21
Fax: (41-22)733 02 03

United Arab Emirates: Embassy of Iran in Abu Dhabi
Tel: +9712-4447618
Fax: +9712-4448714

Denmark: Embassy of Iran in Copenhagen
Tel: 3916-0003
Fax: 3916-0075

Norway: Embassy of Iran in Oslo
Tel: (+47) 23 27 29 60
Fax: (+47) 22 55 49 19

Russia: Embassy of Iran in Moscow
Tel: 9178655; 9179679; 9175219; 9177282; 9170039; 9172442; 9178959
Fax: 2302897; 9179683

Finland: Embassy of Iran
Tel: +358-9-6869 240
Fax: +358-9-6869 2410

South Africa: Embassy of Iran
Tel: +27 (012) 342 58 80 / 1
Fax: +27 (012) 342 18 78

Germany: Embassy of Iran in Frankfurt
Tel: +49 (0) 69 56 000 739 - 740
Fax: +49 (0) 69 56 000 728
Email: iran.botschaft@t-online.de, info@irangk.de, info@igk-hamburg.de.

India: Embassy of Iran in New Delhi
Tel: +91-11-23329600/ 01 / 02
Fax: +91-11-23325493

Embassy of Iran in Brussels
15a avenue Franklin Roosevelt
1050 Brussels, Belgium
Fax: + 32 2 762 39 15
Email: iran-embassy@yahoo.com and secretariat@iranembassy.be

UPDATE: Iran: Khadijeh Moghaddam released from prison

Khadijeh Moghaddam member of the Mother’s Committee of the One Million Signatures Campaign, and a member of Mothers for Peace, was released on the afternoon of Wednesday April 16, after spending nine days in detention.
Source: 
Change for Equality

Iran: Campaign to free Khadijeh Moghaddam

Khadijeh Moghaddam, a women's human rights activist, was arrested at her home on April 8th. She is a member of the One Million Signatures Campaign calling for equal rights between men and women in Iran. Many members of the Campaign have been harassed and arrested. A non-violent advocate of change, Ms. Moghaddam is currently being detained in solitary confinement, on charges related to propaganda, influencing public opinion and threatening national security.
Source: 
Change for Equality
Action needed: 
As soon as possible, you can write to the government of Iranian and the embassy of Iran in your home country, in any language.

In your letters, faxes, emails and telephone calls, you can:

* Declare your deep concern at the arrest of Khadijeh Moghaddam for her peaceful activities to promote equal rights for women and men

* Urge the authorities for her immediate release, as she is a non-violent prisoner of conscience

You can demand that:

* Regular contact with family and friends be granted

* No harm or any form of torture is inflicted during her detention

* Ms. Moghaddam have access to the lawyer of her choice

Addresses: 
Head of the Judiciary:
His Excellency Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi
Howzeh Riyasat-e Qoveh Qazaiyeh / Office of the Head of the Judiciary
Pasteur St., Vali Asr Ave.,
south of Serah-e Jomhouri,
Tehran 1316814737,
Islamic Republic of Iran
Email: info@dadgostary-tehran.ir
(On the address, write: « FAO Ayatollah Shahroudi »)
Salutation: Your Excellency

Minister of Information:
Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie
Ministry of Intelligence,
Second Negarestan Street, Pasdaran Avenue,
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Salutation: Your Excellency

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran:
His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei,
The Office of the Supreme Leader Islamic Republic Street -
Shahid Keshvar Doust Street
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Email: info@leader.ir
Salutation: Your Excellency,

President of the Republic:
His Excellency Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
The Presidency
Palestine Avenue, Azerbaijan Intersection
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Fax : + 98 21 6 649 5880
Email via the following website: http://www.president.ir/email

Head of the Committee of Human Rights in the Judiciary:
His Excellency Mohammad Javad Larijani
C/o Office of the Deputy for International Affairs
Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Justice Building,
Panzdah-Khordad (Ark) Square,
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Fax : + 98 21 5 537 8827 (Be patient, sending faxes can be problematic)

And the Iranian embassy in your home country.

Please copy your correspondence and other actions taken to wluml@wluml.org

UPDATE: Iran: Mokarrameh Ebrahimi released from prison!

We are delighted to announce the release of Mokarrameh Ebrahimi and her son Ali from Choobin Prison, in Takistan, Qazvin, in Iran, where she has been awaiting execution by stoning for adultery for the past ten years.
Source: 
WLUML networkers
Action needed: 
You can show your support for those sentenced for adultery to death by stoning by demanding their release.

National-level legal reforms are imminent: you can write to the Iranian government, and the embassy of Iran in your home country, urging the revision of the existing criminal law code in order to omit the stoning sentence and decriminalize consensual sexual behaviour. It is crucial to keep the pressure on the authorities of Iran to enact these changes.

Addresses: 
The Supreme Leader: Ayatollah Khamenei
Tel: +98 21 64412020
Fax: +98 251 7774 2228
His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed 'Ali Khamenei, The Office of the Supreme Leader
Shoahada Street, Qom, Islamic Republic of Iran
Email: info@leader.ir / istiftaa@wilayah.org / webmaster@wilayah.org
Salutation: Your Excellency

The Head of Judiciary: Ayatollah Shahroudi
Tel: +98-21 22741002
+98-21 22741003
+98-21 22741004
+98-21 22741005
Fax: + 98 21 3390 4986
His Excellency Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi
Ministry of Justice, Park-e Shahr, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
irjpr@iranjudiciary.com and info@dadgostary-tehran.ir
Salutation: Your Excellency

The President: Mr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Tel: +98 21 88825071
+98 21 88825072
+98 21 88825073
+98 21 88825074
+98 21 88825075
Fax: Via foreign affairs: +98 21 6 674 790 and ask to be forwarded to His Excellency Ahmadinejad
The Presidency
Palestine Avenue, Azerbaijan Intersection,
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Email: dr-ahmadinejad@president.ir
Salutation: His Excellency

Please note that you may have difficulty contacting the officials inside Iran. Please also contact the Iranian officials in your country of residence, for whom some telephone and fax numbers are listed below:

United States:
Interests Section of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Washington, D.C. Tel: +(202) 965-4990; (202) 965-4991; (202) 965-4992; (202) 965-4993; (202) 965-4994; (202) 965-4999
Fax: (202) 965-1073; (202) 965-4990

Canada: Embassy of Iran in Ottawa
Tel: (613) 232-5712

United Kingdom: Embassy of Iran in London
Tel: 0207-225-3000
Fax: 0207-589-4440

Switzerland: Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations in Switzerland, Geneva
Tel: (41-22)332 21 00-21
Fax: (41-22)733 02 03

United Arab Emirates: Embassy of Iran in Abu Dhabi
Tel: +9712-4447618
Fax: +9712-4448714

Denmark: Embassy of Iran in Copenhagen
Tel: 3916-0003
Fax: 3916-0075

Norway: Embassy of Iran in Oslo
Tel: (+47) 23 27 29 60
Fax: (+47) 22 55 49 19

Russia: Embassy of Iran in Moscow
Tel: 9178655; 9179679; 9175219; 9177282; 9170039; 9172442; 9178959
Fax: 2302897; 9179683

Finland: Embassy of Iran
Tel: +358-9-6869 240
Fax: +358-9-6869 2410

South Africa: Embassy of Iran
Tel: +27 (012) 342 58 80 / 1
Fax: +27 (012) 342 18 78

Germany: Embassy of Iran in Frankfurt
Tel: +49 (0) 69 56 000 739 - 740
Fax: +49 (0) 69 56 000 728
Email: iran.botschaft@t-online.de, info@irangk.de, info@igk-hamburg.de.

India: Embassy of Iran in New Delhi
Tel: +91-11-23329600/ 01 / 02
Fax: +91-11-23325493

Embassy of Iran in Brussels
15a avenue Franklin Roosevelt
1050 Brussels, Belgium
Fax: + 32 2 762 39 15
Email: iran-embassy@yahoo.com and secretariat@iranembassy.be

Kenya: Protest the death threats against human rights defenders

Women Living Under Muslim Laws is gravely concerned to learn of death threats brought against our friend and colleague, Lynne Muthoni Wanyeki. She and her colleagues have been receiving death threats because of their human rights work and statements during the current crisis in Kenya.
Source: 
WLUML networkers
Action needed: 
To sign on to the Amnesty-USA petition and send a letter of protest electronically, please click here: http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy/index.aspx?c=jhKPIXPCIoE&b=2590179&template=x.ascx&action=9790

Also, please send a hard copy of your letter by fax or post. A sample letter is below. Please also copy all correspondence and action taken to us at wluml@wluml.org.

SAMPLE LETTER

[I am / We are] very concerned about death threats against Kenyan human rights defenders and pro-democracy activists including:

· Muthoni Wanyeki, Executive Director of Kenya Human Rights Commission
· Maina Kiai, Chairman of Kenya National Commission for Human Rights
· Haroun Ndubi, human rights lawyer, member of Kenya Domestic Observers Forum
· David Ndii, author of report on electoral irregularities
· Gladwell Otieno, Director of Africa Centre for Open Government
· Ndung'u Wainaina, staff member of National Convention Executive Council
· Njeri Kabeberi, Executive Director of the Centre for Multi-Party Democracy
· Nahashon Gachehe, employee of Independent Medico-Legal Unit
· James Maina, member of People's Parliament (Bunge La Mwananchi)

They have received threats by SMS message, telephone call and email because they have spoken out publicly about the results of the Kenyan election or about human rights abuses that have occurred during the violence following the elections. [I am / We are] also very alarmed by the appearance of a pamphlet naming four of the people named above, as well as more than 20 others, as “traitors” to the Kikuyu community and containing veiled threats that they should be killed.

[I / We] urge you to take action to protect them and ensure their safety. The Kenyan government must also investigate these threats and bring those responsible for making them to justice through fair trials.

It is also very important that the Kenyan government take effective action to ensure that all public servants, including the security forces, act to recognize the legitimacy of the work of human rights defenders and to abstain from making unsubstantiated allegations against them. The right to freedom of expression must be respected and guaranteed for all Kenyans.

Sincerely,

___________________

Addresses: 
ADDRESSES

Commissioner of Police M. H. Ali
Police Headquarters
Vigilance House, Harambee Avenue
PO Box 30083
Nairobi, Kenya
Email: info@kenyapolice.go.ke
Salutation: Dear Commissioner

Hon. Mwai Kibaki C.G.H. M.P,
President of Kenya
PO Box 30510-00100
Nairobi, Kenya
Fax: +011 254 2031 3600
Email: pps@statehousekenya.go.ke and president@statehousekenya.go.ke
Salutation: Your Excellency

Hon. Prof George Saitoti
Minister of State for Internal Security
Harambee House, Harambee Avenue
P. O. Box 30510-00100
Nairobi, Kenya
Fax: + 011 254 2031 3600
Salutation: Dear Minister

Please also send a copy to Maina Kiai, Chairman of Kenya National Commission for Human Rights and one of the human rights defenders who has been threatened.

Maina Kiai
Chairperson, Kenya National Commission for Human Rights
PO Box 74359 – 00200
Nairobi, Kenya
Fax: +011 254 2027 16160
Email: mkiai@knchr.org

In addition, the contact information for many Kenyan embassies and consulates around the world can be found here: http://statehousekenya.go.ke. Please also send a copy of your letter to the Kenyan embassy in your country.

Syndicate content