Target: President Hassan Rouhani
Goal: Release three journalists detained without charge by the Iranian government
The government of Iran must immediately and unconditionally release three journalists arrested at the end of July unless they bring internationally recognizable charges against them. These arrests are the latest in a concerted effort by the government to prosecute journalists. It appears that security and intelligence forces are dressing as civilians and rounding up journalists in vans on the streets of Tehran. If Iran does not release these journalists then severe economic consequences for the country must follow.
Jason Rezaian has dual Iranian and American nationality and works for the Washington Post. He was arrested along with his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, and two unnamed persons, one of whom is a photojournalist. The head of Tehran’s judiciary confirmed that they were all in custody but did not allow for any of the men to see their families or legal representation.
The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights does not allow for prolonged detention without charge .The Iranian government must provide credible reasons for keeping these journalists in jail or release them. They must be allowed to connect with their lawyers and family members so as to ensure their well-being. Anything less committed to by the government is a gross violation of international human rights law. Sign this petition to demand the immediate release of these journalists.
Dear President Hassan Rouhani,
The recent arrest of three journalists and detention of these individuals without charge is a violation of international human rights law. I ask that you immediately and unconditionally release these individuals. Doing so would allow your government to escape inevitable sanctions.
Your administration came to power on promises of reform and have yet to follow through. The citizens of your country deserve to be covered by international news agencies in a fair, unfettered way. Please do all that you can to ensure that the freedom of speech is ensured in Iran.
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