Guarantee the protection and safety of detained Iranian lawyer, Mr. Mohammad Mostafaie

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To: besir.atalay@icisleri.gov.tr
Subject: Guarantee the protection and safety of detained Iranian lawyer, Mr. Mohammad Mostafaie


Your Honour,

I write to you regarding the arrest and detention of Mohammad Mostafaie, an Iranian human rights defender and lawyer of Sakineh Ashtiani. I am gravely concerned over the safety of Mr. Mostafaie given the poor and inadequate protective measures accorded by the Turkish authorities to political refugees like him. As a State Party to the UN Refugee Convention and other international human rights treaties all of which impose obligations on Turkey towards persons within its jurisdiction, irrespective of their country of origin, the Minister of Interior has to take the following measures that would guarantee the protection and safety of Mr. Mohammad Mostafaie:

· He should not be deported without the opportunity to apply either for asylum based on a legal asylum procedure that is fair and satisfactory and in conformity with the standards defined by the UN Refugee Convention, or for third country resettlement. If he is accepted for third country resettlement, he should be granted exit permission immediately.

· The Iranian authorities in Turkey should not have any access to him.

· He should have access to a lawyer.

· He should not be subjected to physical and mental harassment and torture by either the Turkish or Iranian authorities.

· He should be accorded his right, as any other individual, to enjoy the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health as obliged by the UN Refugee Convention and other international human rights treaties.

Thank you for treating this matter with the urgency it demands

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