Overturn Convictions of Iranian Artists

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Target: Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani, Head of the Judiciary

Goal: Overturn the convictions of a filmmaker and two musicians jailed without a fair trial.

Filmmaker Hossein Rajabian and musicians Mehdi Rajabian and Yousef Emadi have been convicted of “insulting Islamic sanctities,” “spreading propaganda against the system,” and “illegal audio-visual activities,” for which they have been sentenced to six years in prison and a fine of 200 million Rials (about $6,625 US). Their trial did not meet international fair trial standards and their charges stem solely from their artistic work, violating their right to freedom of expression. Sign the petition and demand that the men’s convictions be overturned.

The men were forced into making televised “confessions,” and the court accepted these as evidence, in spite of the fact that all three men told the judge that the statements were forced out of them through torture. The judge also told them that a lawyer would be “pointless” and that each man had to account for his actions himself. Their trial lasted only three minutes before they were convicted.

Artistic work is protected under the internationally-recognized right to freedom of expression, and the convictions of Hossein Rajabian, Mahdi Rajabian, and Yousef Emadi clearly violate this right. Sign the petition and demand that their convictions be overturned.

PETITION LETTER:

Your Excellency,

I am writing to demand that the convictions of filmmaker Hossein Rajabian and musicians Mahdi Rajabian and Yousef Emadi be overturned. The charges against them stem from their practicing their right to freedom of expression, and their trial did not even come close to meeting international fair tral standards. There is only one way to ensure that justice prevails, and that is to overturn the men’s convictions.

The men were forced into making televised “confessions” that were later used against them, despite the fact that they were obtained through torture. The judge also told the men that a lawyer would be “pointless” and that each man had to explain his own actions. The trial lasted only three minutes before the men were convicted and sentenced to six years in prison and 200 million Rials in fines.

Fair trial laws mandate that those accused of crimes have a right to legal representation. They also decree that confessions obtained through torture are inadmissible in court. I therefore demand that the convictions of Hossein Rajabian, Mahdi Rajabian, and Yousef Emadi be overturned, and that their allegations of torture be fully and impartially investigated.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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