Iran: URGENT: Oppose the scheduled public stoning of Mokarrameh and her partner

The Stop Stoning Forever Campaign invites all citizens of the world to contact the Iranian officials by phone and/or fax and ask them to stop the public stoning of Mokarrameh Ebrahimin, the 43 year old mother of three children, and her partner, the father of her 11 year old child. Please note that email may not be effective.

Also, please note the time difference since the stoning is scheduled for Thursday, 21 June 2007, in the morning, Tehran time, which is Wednesday evening and midnight in the US and Europe. Please act now before it is too late!

Source: 
Stop Stoning Forever
Action needed: 
The Stop Stoning Forever Campaign invites all citizens of the world to contact the Iranian officials by phone and/or fax and ask them to stop the public stoning of Mokarrameh Ebrahimin, the 43 year old mother of three children, and her partner, the father of her 11 year old child. Please note that email may not be effective.

Also, please note the time difference since the stoning is scheduled for Thursday, 21 June 2007, in the morning, Tehran time, which is Wednesday evening and midnight in the US and Europe. Please act now before it is too late!

Addresses: 
How to contact the officials by telephone and fax:

Ghazvin State Government Office, includes Ghazvin Municipal Security Council.
This office is open from 7:15 am to 2:15 pm Tehran time.

Tel:
+98 281 3682811
+98 281 3682812
+98 281 3682813
+98 281 3682814
+98 281 3682815
+98 281 3682816

Fax:
+98 281 3682941
+98 281 3682895

You can also contact the following offices in Iran:

The Supreme Leader: Ayatollah Khamenei

Tel:
+98 21 64412020

The Head of Judiciary: Ayatollah Shahroudi

Tel:
+98-21 22741002
+98-21 22741003
+98-21 22741004
+98-21 22741005

The President: Mr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Tel:
+98 21 88825071
+98 21 88825072
+98 21 88825073
+98 21 88825074
+98 21 88825075

If you have difficulty contacting the officials inside Iran, please contact the Iranian officials in your country of residence for some of whom the 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

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

To contact campaign activists in the US or Iran, please email Soheila Vahdati soheilavahdati@gmail.com or Shadi Sadr shadisadr@gmail.com.

Pakistan: Couple detained in Pakistan need your letters of support

Women Living Under Muslim Laws is deeply concerned about the prosecution and detention of Shamial Raj and Shahzina Tariq of Faisalabad, Pakistan. Shamial Raj had a sex change operation and for years has been living as a man. He and Shahzina Tariq married for love last year, despite the fact that Shahzina's father had wanted to marry her off to someone to whom he owed money. Shahzina's father, Tariq Hussain and other members of her family continued to harrass the pair and took legal action against Shamial accusing him of kidnapping their daughter, despite the consensual nature of their marriage. On the 28th of May, 2007 the Lahore High Court decided there was insufficient evidence to charge Shahzina and Shamial under section 377 (unnatural offences). However the couple have both been sentenced to three years imprisonment on lesser charges.
Source: 
WLUML networkers
Action needed: 
Shamial and Shahzina urgently need your letters of support and solidarity addressed to them. Your show of support is crucial for their morale at this time. They will need your letters if and when they need to make a legal appeal, especially as this is a case in Pakistan without legal precedent.

Please address your letters of support to Shahzina and Shamial and any information that may assist in their appeal (e.g., relevant legal information on other cases of transgender or multiple gender-identified people facing adversity). You may email your letters to Nighat Said Khan who is working on this case and will take your letters to Shamial and Shahzima in prison.

Addresses: 
(Addressed to Shamial Raj and Shahzina Tariq)

nskhan46@yahoo.com
nskhan@brain.net.pk
asr@brain.net.pk

You may also send your letters via Shirkat Gah Women's Resource Centre: sgah@sgah.org.pk

Iran: Haleh Esfiandiari and other Iranian-American citizens unlawfully arrested and detained

Incommunicado detention of and judicial proceedings against several Iranian-American citizens including Dr. Haleh Esfiandiari, director of the Middle East programme at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC. Dr. Esfiandiari was arrested in Tehran on 8th May 2007 after being summoned for questioning by Ministry of Intelligence officials and was taken to section 209 of Evin prison, where she was allowed one call to inform her relatives that she had been jailed. Dr. Esfandiari is also a well-known advocate of dialogue between the US and Iranian governments.
Source: 
OMCT, etc.
Action needed: 
The authorities in Iran are obliged to conform in all circumstances with article 9.1 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Iran is a State party, which states that “Everyone has the right to liberty and security of person. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention. No one shall be deprived of his liberty except on such grounds and in accordance with such procedure as are established by law”, as well as with the standard minimum rules for the treatment of prisoners.

Please write to the authorities in Iran urging them to:

i. Guarantee in all circumstances the physical and psychological integrity of Dr. Haleh Esfiandiari, Mr. Kian Tajbakhsh, Mr. Ali Shakeri and Ms. Parnaz Azima;

ii. Order their immediate release in the absence of valid charges, or, if such charges exist, bring them before an impartial, independent, and fair judicial court and guarantee their procedural rights at all times;

iii. Order a thorough and impartial investigation into these events, in order to identify all those responsible for the illegal arrests, bring them to trial and apply the civil penal and/or administrative sanctions as provided by law;

iv. Ensure the respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms throughout the country in accordance with national laws and international humanitarian law and human rights standards.

You may also consult the Free Haleh website for more information and to sign their online petition demanding the release of Haleh Esfiandiari.

Addresses: 
Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei
The Office of the Supreme Leader
Palestine Avenue
Azerbaijan Intersection
Tehran, Iran
Email: info@leader.ir, istiftaa@wilayah.org, and webmaster@wilayah.org
Fax: +98 21 649-5880/ 21 774-2228
Salutation: Your Excellency

Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahrudi
Head of the Judiciary
Ministry of Justice
Park-e Shahr
Tehran, Iran
Email: Irjpr@iranjudiciary.com and info@dadgostary-tehran.ir
Fax: +98 21 879 6671 / +98 21 3 311 6567 / + 98 21 3390 4986
Salutation: Your Excellency

Dr. M. Javad Zarif
Ambassador to the United Nations
Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations
622 Third Ave.
New York, NY 10017
United States
Email: jzarif@un.int
Fax: +1-212-867-7086
Salutation: Your Excellency

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
The Presidency
Palestine Avenue, Azerbaijan Intersection
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Salutation: His Excellency
Fax: + 98 21 649-5880
E-mail: dr-ahmadinejad@president.ir

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

Minister of Foreign Affairs
Mr. Manuchehr Motaki
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Sheikh Abdolmajid Keshk-e Mesri Ave.
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Salutation: Your Excellency
Fax: + 98 21 390 1999
Email: matbuat@mfa.gov

Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran
28 Chemin du Petit-Saconnex
1209 Geneva, Switzerland
Fax: +41 22 733 02 03
Email: mission.iran@ties.itu.int

Ambassador Mr. Ahani
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

Please also write to the embassies of Iran in your respective country.

UPDATE: Iran: Wave of arrests: Court again refuses to accept bail posted for 'One Million Signatures' campaigner Zeinab Peyqambarzadeh

When asked about Zeinab’s bail, her father Peyqambarzadeh explained that court officials did not even discuss the issue of bail with him. “They only told me to leave and didn’t allow me any visits with my daughter either. They were angry and shouted a lot and told me that they have reactivated Zeinab’s previous criminal charge [for when she was arrested on the metro for distributing pamphlets about the Campaign]”. Zeinab’s father explained further that he worries for his daughter’s safety because they won’t tell him what they are going to do. "Is it a crime to ask for a written summons?" he asks.
Source: 
WLUML networkers
Action needed: 
Support Iranian women and the freedom of civil society. Please direct your letters and emails demanding an end to the harassment, arrests, and detainment of civil society activists and organizations to the authorities at the addresses below, as well as to the Iranian embassy in your home country.

When writing to the Iranian authorities please ask them to:

i. Drop all arbitrary charges against the women rights defenders;

ii. Put an end to all acts of harassment against human rights defenders in Iran;

iii. 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 5a, which states that “for the purpose of promoting and protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms, everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, at the national and international levels, to meet peacefully” and Article 8(2), which provides that “everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, to submit to governmental bodies and agencies and organisations concerned with public affairs criticism and proposals for improving their functioning and to draw attention to any aspect of their work that may hinder or impede the promotion, protection and realisation of human rights and fundamental freedoms”;

iv. Ensure in all circumstances respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in accordance with international human rights standards and international instruments ratified by Iran.

Read more about the Nobel Women’s Initative and how you can tell Iranian officials that campaigning for women's rights is not a threat to national security.

Please note that the website of the One Million Signatures Campaign has again been blocked; for the most recent notes on accessing the site, please see here.

Addresses: 
To express your solidarity with the activists and to demand an end to the harassment of civil society activists and organizations, please write to:

Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei
The Office of the Supreme Leader
Palestine Avenue
Azerbaijan Intersection
Tehran, Iran
Email: info@leader.ir
Fax: +98 21 649-5880/21 774-2228
Salutation: Your Excellency

Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahrudi
Head of the Judiciary
Ministry of Justice
Park-e Shahr
Tehran, Iran
Email: Irjpr@iranjudiciary.com
Fax: +98 21 879-6671
Salutation: Your Excellency

Dr. M. Javad Zarif
Ambassador to the United Nations
Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations
622 Third Ave.
New York, NY 10017
United States
Email: jzarif@un.int
Fax: +1-212-867-7086
Salutation: Your Excellency

UPDATE: Iran: Further arrests of women's rights activists working on the 'One Million Signatures Campaign'

Zeinab Peyqambarzadeh, an active youth member of the “One Million Signatures” campaign, was arrested yesterday for her participation in a peaceful protest on March 4. She reported to the Revolutionary Court after receiving a summons, where she was then arrested and transferred to Evin prison. Her father and lawyer attempted to post the set bail of 20 million toumans (about $27,000), but the court refused to accept the bail and would not authorize Peyqambarzadeh’s release.
Source: 
WLP
Action needed: 
Support Iranian women and the freedom of civil society. Please direct your letters and emails demanding an end to the harassment, arrests, and detainment of civil society activists and organizations to the authorities at the addresses below, as well as to the Iranian embassy in your home country.

When writing to the Iranian authorities please ask them to:

i. Drop all arbitrary charges against the women rights defenders;

ii. Put an end to all acts of harassment against human rights defenders in Iran;

iii. 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 5a, which states that “for the purpose of promoting and protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms, everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, at the national and international levels, to meet peacefully” and Article 8(2), which provides that “everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, to submit to governmental bodies and agencies and organisations concerned with public affairs criticism and proposals for improving their functioning and to draw attention to any aspect of their work that may hinder or impede the promotion, protection and realisation of human rights and fundamental freedoms”;

iv. Ensure in all circumstances respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in accordance with international human rights standards and international instruments ratified by Iran.

You can also show your support by signing the One Million Signatures campaign petition to demand an end to discriminatory laws against women: in English or in Farsi

Addresses: 
To express your solidarity with the activists and to demand an end to the harassment of civil society activists and organizations, please write to:

Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei
The Office of the Supreme Leader
Palestine Avenue
Azerbaijan Intersection
Tehran, Iran
Email: info@leader.ir
Fax: +98 21 649-5880/21 774-2228
Salutation: Your Excellency

Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahrudi
Head of the Judiciary
Ministry of Justice
Park-e Shahr
Tehran, Iran
Email: Irjpr@iranjudiciary.com
Fax: +98 21 879-6671
Salutation: Your Excellency

Dr. M. Javad Zarif
Ambassador to the United Nations
Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations
622 Third Ave.
New York, NY 10017
United States
Email: jzarif@un.int
Fax: +1-212-867-7086
Salutation: Your Excellency

Pakistan: Pakistani authorities have banned the satirical stage play "Burqavaganza" after Islamist MPs raised the issue in parliament.

The Ajoka Theatre company staged a satirical play, "Burqavaganza", in Lahore earlier this month using the image of the burqa as a metaphor for the double standards which exist in contemporary Pakistani society. Following protests from Islamist politicians, the play has now been banned.
Source: 
Ajoka
Action needed: 
Please contact the government of Pakistan expressing your concern at the harassment of Ajoka and the banning of their play. In your letters, please urge the government to ensure that Ajoka is able to carry out its work as a theatre group freely.
Addresses: 
General Pervez Musharraf
President of Pakistan
President House
Constitution House
Islamabad, Pakistan

Please copy the letters to the following:

Mr Shaukat Aziz
Prime Minister of Pakistan
Prime Minister Secretariat
Constitution Avenue
Islamabad, Pakistan

Mr G.G. Jamal
Federal Minister for Culture
Ministry of Culture
Pakistan Secretariat
Constitution Avenue
Islamabad, Pakistan

Mr Pervez Elahi
Chief Minister Punjab
Chief Minister House
Lahore, Pakistan

Lt General Khalid Maqbool
Governor Punjab
Governor House
Lahore, Pakistan

Also, please copy any letters sent to:
Ajoka Theatre
24-B Sarwar Road,
Lahore Cantt.,
Lahore, Pakistan.
Fax: 9242-666 5021

Iran: More women's rights defenders summoned to the Revolutionary Court; two arrested

Fariba Davoudi Mohajer and Sussan Tahmasebi, two of the eleven women’s rights activists summoned by the Revolutionary Court, were sentenced to prison on April 18 for threatening “national security.” The two activists were organizers of the peaceful protest on June 12, 2006 and the “One Million Signatures” campaign demanding an end to discriminatory laws against women. Davoudi Mohajer, who was tried in absentia as she is currently abroad, was sentenced to one year in prison and three years suspended sentence. Tahmasebi was sentenced to six months in jail and one year suspended sentence. Their lawyers are appealing the sentences.
Source: 
WLP / WLUML allies
Action needed: 
Support Iranian women and the freedom of civil society. Please direct your letters and emails demanding an end to the harassment, arrests, and detainment of civil society activists and organizations to the authorities at the addresses below, as well as to the Iranian embassy in your home country.

When writing to the Iranian authorities please ask them to:

i. Drop all arbitrary charges against the women rights defenders;

ii. Put an end to all acts of harassment against human rights defenders in Iran;

iii. 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 5a, which states that “for the purpose of promoting and protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms, everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, at the national and international levels, to meet peacefully” and Article 8(2), which provides that “everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, to submit to governmental bodies and agencies and organisations concerned with public affairs criticism and proposals for improving their functioning and to draw attention to any aspect of their work that may hinder or impede the promotion, protection and realisation of human rights and fundamental freedoms”;

iv. Ensure in all circumstances respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in accordance with international human rights standards and international instruments ratified by Iran.


You can also show your support by signing the One Million Signatures campaign petition to demand an end to discriminatory laws against women: in English or in Farsi
Addresses: 
To express your solidarity with the activists and to demand an end to the harassment of civil society activists and organizations, please write to:

Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei
The Office of the Supreme Leader
Palestine Avenue
Azerbaijan Intersection
Tehran, Iran
Email: info@leader.ir
Fax: +98 21 649-5880/21 774-2228
Salutation: Your Excellency

Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahrudi
Head of the Judiciary
Ministry of Justice
Park-e Shahr
Tehran, Iran
Email: Irjpr@iranjudiciary.com
Fax: +98 21 879-6671
Salutation: Your Excellency

Dr. M. Javad Zarif
Ambassador to the United Nations
Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations
622 Third Ave.
New York, NY 10017
United States
Email: jzarif@un.int
Fax: +1-212-867-7086
Salutation: Your Excellency

UPDATE: Iran: All women's rights activists have been released although crackdown on Iranian civil society escalates

Women's human rights defenders released on exorbitant bail, but repression of civil society continues.
Source: 
WLP
Action needed: 
Support Iranian women and the freedom of civil society. Please direct your letters and emails demanding an end to the harassment of civil society activists and organizations to the authorities at the addresses below, as well as to the Iranian embassy in your home country.

When writing to the Iranian authorities and ask them to:

i. Drop all arbitrary charges against the 33 women rights defenders;

ii. Put an end to all acts of harassment against human rights defenders in Iran;

iii. 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 5a, which states that “for the purpose of promoting and protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms, everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, at the national and international levels, to meet peacefully” and Article 8(2), which provides that “everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, to submit to governmental bodies and agencies and organisations concerned with public affairs criticism and proposals for improving their functioning and to draw attention to any aspect of their work that may hinder or impede the promotion, protection and realisation of human rights and fundamental freedoms”;

iv. Ensure in all circumstances respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in accordance with international human rights standards and international instruments ratified by Iran.


You can also show your support by signing the One Million Signatures campaign petition to demand an end to discriminatory laws against women: here
Addresses: 
To express your solidarity with the activists and to demand an end to the harassment of civil society activists and organizations, please write to:

Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei
The Office of the Supreme Leader
Palestine Avenue
Azerbaijan Intersection
Tehran, Iran
Email: info@leader.ir
Fax: +98 21 649-5880/21 774-2228
Salutation: Your Excellency

Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahrudi
Head of the Judiciary
Ministry of Justice
Park-e Shahr
Tehran, Iran
Email: Irjpr@iranjudiciary.com
Fax : +98 21 879-6671
Salutation: Your Excellency

Dr. M. Javad Zarif
Ambassador to the United Nations
Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations
622 Third Ave.
New York, NY 10017
United States
Email: jzarif@un.int
Fax: +1-212-867-7086
Salutation: Your Excellency

UPDATE: Iran: Last two women human rights defenders released from prison on heavy bail

Shadi Sadr and Mahboubeh Abasgholizadeh were released from prison on Monday. However, the charges against the two women have not been dropped and the bail has been set at an exorbitant rate.
Source: 
Meydaan

UPDATE: Iran: Offices of two remaining prisoners shut down by the Revolutionary Court

The NGO offices of Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh and Shadi Sadr, the two Iranian activists still imprisoned after women's peaceful demonstration in Tehran on 4 March, were closed down by the Revolutionary Court on Thursday evening.
Source: 
Meydaan
Addresses: 
Contacts For Updated and Detailed Information:

The coordinators of the Free Women's Rights Defenders in Iran Campaign are ready to provide detailed information about the status of women detainees. The coordinators are willing to put reporters and news agencies in touch with the families and lawyers of the women in custody. The campaign coordinators can be contacted by email.

Soheila Vahdati, soheilavahdati@gmail.com

Sanam Dolatshahi, sanamdi@gmail.com
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