Demand Adequate Medical Attention for Woman Accused of ‘Espionage’

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Target: Hassan Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Goal: Ensure that a hunger-striking prisoner has access to adequate medical care.

Basima Al-Jibouri, an Iraqi woman accused of espionage and convicted following an unfair trial, has served four years of her five-year prison sentence. She recently began a hunger strike to protest the human rights violations she has suffered since her arrest, and she is in dire need of medical care. Sign the petition and demand that Al-Jibouri be granted the medical attention she requires and urge authorities to re-evaluate her case, which was riddled with fair trial violations.

Al-Jibouri entered Iran to meet with Mohammad Reza Ghorbani, an Iranian diplomat she had befriended several years before. He had promised to help her find a specialist doctor for her son. She met up with him upon her arrival in Iran, but she was arrested by four security officers as soon as she left the airport. She faced weeks of interrogation on suspicion of being a spy for the United States. At one point, she was given the opportunity to implicate Ghorbani, but she refused.

During her trial, Al-Jibouri faced a number of fair trial violations: The proceedings were conducted in Persian, a language she does not speak, and she claims her court-appointed interpreter insulted her and refused to relay her answers to the court. Her lawyer told her to bribe the judge, but she did not have the money to do so.

Al-Jibouri faced eight months in solitary confinement and had no contact with her sons until she had already been in prison for two years. Her appeals to the Iraqi consulate have been dismissed, since her status as a “political prisoner” prevents the consulate from intervening.

Al-Jibouri’s health is seriously declining, and her treatment at the hands of Iranian authorities has been deplorable. Sign the petition demanding that she be given access to the healthcare she requires and that she be granted a retrial conducted in accordance with international fair trial standards.

PETITION LETTER:

Your Excellency,

I am writing to express my deep concern for the well-being of Basima Al-Jibouri, an Iraqi woman serving a five-year sentence for espionage. She has recently begun a hunger strike to protest the numerous human rights violations she has suffered since her arrest, and her health is failing quickly. I urge you to provide her with the medical care she so desperately requires, and I demand that she be re-tried in accordance with international fair trial standards.

Al-Jibouri’s trial was riddled with fair trial violations: Her trial lasted only two hours and it was conducted in Persian, a language she does not speak. She was provided with an interpreter who she claims insulted her and did not relay her answers to the court. Her court-appointed lawyer told her to bribe the judge, but Al-Jibouri did not have enough money.

Since her arrest, Al-Jibouri has spent eight months in solitary confinement, and she was not allowed to telephone her sons back in Iraq until she had already spent two years in prison.

It is imperative that Basima Al-Jibouri is given immediate medical attention. However, it is also extremely important that she be granted a retrial that meets international fair trial standards. I urge you to ensure justice is done: secure medical care and a retrial for Basima Al-Jibouri.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Nicolas Raymond

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