2007: Iran: Kian Tajbakhsh

September 11, 2007

His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khameini
Qom,
Islamic Rebublic of Iran

Your Excellency

The Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN welcomes the release of Iranian-American scholar Haleh Esfandiari, who was freed on bail on 21st August 2007.

However, PEN remains seriously concerned about the continued detention of Iranian-American scholar Kian Tajbakhsh, who has been held since 11th May 2007.  The detention of Kian Tajbakhsh is apparently in violation of Article 19 of the United Nations Intenational Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a signatory.
We appeal for his immediate and unconditional release.

PEN further calls for all charges against Haleh Esfandiari to be dropped.

Your Excellency, we sincerely urge you to look into these two cases, and listen to our appeal concerning the charges raised against them.

Yours sincerely

Aase Gjerdrum
translator
member, Writers in Prison Committee, Norwegian PEN

Cc Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Head of the Judiciary, Tehran
Minister of Intelligence, Tehran
His Excellency Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Tehran

2007: Iran: Haleh Esfandiari and Kian Tajbakhsh

Bergen, 5. June 2007

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
Email:  info@leader.ir or istiftaa@wilayah.org

Head of the Judiciary
His Excellency
Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi
Ministry of Justice, Park-e Shahr,
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Email:   via Judiciary website: Iranjudiciary.org/feedback_en.html

Minister of Intelligence
Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie
Ministry of Intelligence,
Second Negarestan Street,
Pasdaran Avenue,
Tehran
Islamic Republic of Iran.
Email: iranprobe@iranprobe.com

Your Excellency,

As a member of Writers in Prison Committee, Norwegian PEN, I am deeply concerned by the sentences served against academic Haleh Esfandiari and Kian Tajbakhsh.

They have been sentenced for under national security laws for their links to U.S. institutions. We are alarmed by reports that they may be at risk of ill treatment.

I seek your assurance, Your Excellency, of their well-being, and demand that they are given full access to their families and lawyers.

We believe that academics Haleh Esfandiari and Kian Tajbakhsh are detained solely for the peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression, and I call for their immediate and unconditional release in accordance with Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Iran is a signatory.

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

Yours sincerely,

Trine Kleven
Member of Writers in Prison Committee, Norwegian PEN

COPIES TO:
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oslo
Iranian Embassy in Norway
His Excellency, president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad