2007: Iran: Adnan Hassanpour

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Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic
His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei,
The Office of the Supreme Leader
Shoahada Street, Qom, Islamic Republic of Iran

Head of the Judiciary
His Excellency
Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi
Ministry of Justice, Park-e Shahr,
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

Minister of Intelligence
Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie
Ministry of Intelligence,
Second Negarestan Street,
Pasdaran Avenue, Tehran
Islamic Republic of Iran.

Oslo, 9 August 2007

Your Excellency,

The Norwegian Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN reiterates its concern about the death sentence handed down to Iranian Kurdish journalist, writer and human rights activist Adnan Hassanpour on 16 July 2007, which was reportedly confirmed by an appeals court on 31 July 2007. Hassanpour, who was arrested on 25 January 2007, is believed to have been convicted of being a mohareb (‘enemy of God’), possibly for expressing his views on the Kurdish issue.

Norwegianl PEN is urgently seeking details of the charges against him, and calls for his immediate and unconditional release if held in violation of Article 19 of the United Nations International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Iran is a signatory.

Norwegianl PEN is deeply concerned about Adnan Hassanpour’s health, and we seek assurance from the Iranian authorities that his wellbeing is guaranteed. We see an apparant pattern of repression against journalists, writers and human rights activists in Iranian Kurdistan, and we call for the immediate and unconditional release of all journalists and writers detained in Iranian Kurdistan solely for the peaceful expression of their views.

Confident that you, Your Excellency, will take action accordingly, I remain,

Yours sincerely

Elisabet W. Middelthon
Chair, Writers in Prison Committee, Norwegian PEN

Copy of all appeals to: The President, His Excellency Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
The Presidency, Palestine Avenue, Azerbaijan Intersection, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Fax: Via Foreign Ministry: +98 21 6 674 790 (mark: «Please forward to H.E. President Ahmadinejad») – Email:   dr-ahmadinejad@president.ir   via website: www.president.ir/email

Copies to:
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oslo,
The Norwegian Embassy in Tehran
The Iranian Embassy, Oslo