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: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Head of the Judiciary
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,
Islamic Republic of Iran.
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,
Member of Writers in Prison Committee, Norwegian PEN
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oslo
Iranian Embassy in Norway
His Excellency, president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad