President Hassan Rouhani
Office of the Presidency
Islamic Republic of Iran
Oslo, 1st of September, 2015
We are writing to you to call for justice for teacher and poet Mahvash Sabet, who is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence in Evin prison, Tehran. She is one of a group of seven Baha’i leaders known as the “Yaran-i-Iran” – “Friends of Iran” – who have been detained since 2008 for their faith and activities related to running the affairs of the Bahá’í community in Iran.
We strongly believe Sabet’s sentence to be unjust and call on the Iranian authorities to release Mahvash Sabet immediately and unconditionally, and for all charges against her, and all other writers currently imprisoned in Iran solely for exercising their right to legitimate freedom of expression, to be dropped.
We also urge that further measures will be taken to fully enshrine the right to freedom of expression in law and practice in Iran, as provided for under Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a state party.
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Embassy of the Islamic republic of Iran in Oslo