IRAN WATCH CANADA

Wednesday, December 28, 2011





Background (Preamble):
Arya Aramnejad is a 26 year-old Iranian artist, singer and composer. He was arrested for singing his famous song "Ali Barkhiz" (O Ali raise), composed after the Ashura uprising. He reportedly spent two months of his detention in solitary confinement. The Iranian government has charged him with acting against national security due to releasing the song "Ali Barkhiz". During his most recent court hearing, he briefly described some of the physical and psychological tortures he was subjected to in prison. These abuses included being severely beaten upon asking for medical attention for his heart condition, being photographed naked, being forced to walk on floors covered with the blood of a prisoner with AIDS who had committed suicide. Mr. Aramnejad also received death threats from the Iranian revolutionary guards. Mr. Aramnejad’s wife, who has had no political affiliation with any organization, has been threatened with arrest in the event that Mr. Aramnejad refuses to comply with the government’s requests. Mr. Aramnejad has been released on bail and is facing heavy charges by the Iranian officials.

Update: Several others songs of Arya Aramnejad's have become available since his release from prison. All of which can be viewed in a Facebook page set up to promote his ideas and his freedom. You can become a fan by following the link below: http://www.facebook.com/FreeArya


Petition:

We the undersigned request the following:

1) Freedom of Arya Aramnejad and that all charges against him be dropped immediately. 2) The Iranian government must abide by the Charter of Human Rights by the United Nation, in which Iran is a member state.3) Immediate release of all human rights activists, protesters, students, political prisoners and prisoners of belief and conscience currently being held in prisons in Iran and are subjected to rape and tortured by the Iranian government.

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