This is a petition in support of Akbar Ganji:
RAN Appeal #43, 2005: IranThis week’s appeal: journalist Akbar Ganji.
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November 11, 2005
Ayatollah Ali KhameneiSupreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran
The Office of the Supreme LeaderShoahada Street, Qom
Fax: +011 98 21 774 2228
I wish to add my name to this appeal from PEN Canada, the Canadian centre of the international writers’ organization, International PEN. PEN Canada is writing to express alarm at reports that journalist Akbar Ganji has been tortured and is in worsening health.
In an open letter published on October 27, 2005, on the Emrouz news Web site, Ganji's wife, Massoumeh Shafii, reported that she was allowed to visit her husband on October 18. That was 51 days after she had last visited him in hospital on August 28. Shafii stated that her husband told her that, two days after her last visit, a team of Iranian security officers had visited him in hospital and asked him to apologize in writing for his book Republican Manisfesto and for the letters he had written to Ayatollah Montazeri, and to undertake not to give interviews if he were to be granted prison leave. Ganji refused and was reportedly severely beaten by the same officers while in the quarantine wing of the Milad hospital.
Previously, on September 3, Ganji was reportedly told by the head of the of same security team that he was about to be released and that the officers who had beaten him would apologize for their actions. He was then driven to Evin prison and, during the car journey, was reportedly ill-treated and suffered a dislocated shoulder as a result. His request to be taken back to hospital was denied and he was given physiotherapy by a prison doctor. He remains in Evin prison.
Ganji suffers from chronic asthma for which he has been repeatedly denied necessary medical care, and had recently ended a two-month hunger strike during which his health severely deteriorated. He is said to be held in solitary confinement in the intelligence section of Evin prison, and to be losing weight as a result of inadequate diet. His condition is said to be deteriorating.
PEN Canada is shocked by reports that Akbar Ganj was tortured by security officers and that he continues to be ill-treated in prison. We urge that an investigation be conducted into these allegations. PEN Canada is seriously concerned for Ganji's health and urges that he receive the specialist medical care that he requires as a matter of urgency. We also call for his immediate and unconditional release in accordance with Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a signatory.
[Your name and address]
His Excellency Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Palestine Avenue, Azerbaijan Intersection
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Fax: +011 98 21 649 5880
Web-based message to President Amhadinejad: http://www.president.ir/email/
Acting Head of the Judiciary
His Excellency Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi
Ministry of Justice
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Fax: +98 21 879 6671
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (mark 'Please forward to HE Ayatollah Shahroudi'), Rahimi@iranjudiciary.org
Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations622 Third Avenue, 34th FloorNew York, NY 10017Fax: (212) 867-7086E-mail: email@example.com
Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran245 Metcalfe St.Ottawa ON K2P 2K2Fax: (613) 232-5712E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
Foreign Affairs Canada
Eric WalshCoordinator, Middle East and North Africa AffairsDFAITE-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Benoît GirouardPolitical and Trade Relations with IranDFAITE-mail: email@example.com
Director, Human Rights Division
Foreign Affairs Canada