Target: Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei, Leader of the Islamic Republic
Goal: Prevent the execution of a man accused of “enmity against God.”
Shahram Ahmadi, a Sunni Muslim and a Kurd, has been sentenced to death for “enmity against God.” His arrest, interrogation, detention, and trial have all been allegedly plagued by human rights violations. He can be executed at any time. Sign the petition and demand that Ahmadi’s execution be cancelled and that the charges against him be overturned.
Ahmadi was reportedly shot and beaten by members of the Revolutionary Guard, taken to the hospital, and interrogated. He claims that he was forced through torture–including solitary confinement, beatings, and being denied access to his medication–to “confess.” He was not allowed access to a lawyer or contact with his family for months following his arrest, and he did not meet his state-appointed attorney until he was in the courtroom for his trial, which lasted only a few minutes.
Although Ahmadi was originally sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court, the Supreme Court overturned the ruling and kicked the case back to the Revolutionary Court. The Court re-sentenced Ahmadi to execution, and this time the Supreme Court inexplicably accepted the ruling. Ahmadi has not been given any explanation for the legality of or motivation behind his punishment, and he believes that he is being targeted for his religion.
No one should face death simply for peacefully following their own beliefs. Sign the petition and demand freedom for Shahram Ahmadi.
I am writing to demand a halt to Shahram Ahmadi’s imminent execution. Ahmadi, convicted of “enmity against God,” is a prisoner of conscience, targeted solely on the basis of his peacefully-held religious beliefs, and he must be freed immediately.
Ahmadi’s arrest, interrogation, detention, and trial have been riddled with human rights violations. He was kept in solitary confinement for extreme lengths of time, he was denied communication with his family, and he did not even meet his state-appointed lawyer until they were both in the courtroom for his trial, which lasted only a few minutes.
Ahmadi’s initial death sentence was overturned by the Supreme Court. The Revolutionary Court re-sentenced Ahmadi to death, and this time the Supreme Court inexplicably accepted the ruling. This is highly inconsistent–and a man’s life hangs in the balance.
I urge you to do what is right. Release Shahram Ahmadi immediately.
[Your Name Here]
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