Target: Iranian Government
Goal: Immediate release of unjustly imprisoned human rights activist
Recently, renowned human rights activist, Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, began a nine-year prison sentence in Iran’s Evin prison in the nation’s capital of Tehran. He was identified and sentenced as an enemy of the state in July 2012 for co-founding a human rights group in Iran called, Centre of Human Rights Defenders. The country claims that by spreading information about human rights violations in Iran he was conspiring the overthrow of the Iranian government.
Dadkhah’s interviews with foreign reporters also fueled this fire. The former lawyer has also been banned from practicing law in the future. This last charge is especially important considering Dadkhah made a career and a reputation of being a defender of human rights. He defended individuals who had their human rights, such as religious practices, attacked by the Iranian government.
The loudest voice in the demands to free Dadkhah has been Amnesty International. The group claims that all activities performed by Dadkhah and his associates in the CHRD are “legitimate human rights activities” and do not in any way warrant punishment by the government, especially the harsh sentence Dadkhah and several of his contemporaries have received.
The group is demanding that Iran immediately release him with no restrictions or conditions attached. Amnesty International is also demanding that while he is in prison, Dadkhah not be tortured, as there is a litany of evidence that Dadkhah had been the victim of torture during previous prison stays in Iranian jail, including extensive time in solitary confinement.
The imprisonment of Mohammed Ali Dadkhah is a violation of virtually every definition of human rights. Every individual should have the right to hold her or his government accountable for violating the rights of others without the fear of being imprisoned. Standing up for beliefs is not a crime, but imprisoning others who do so is highly criminal. Please sign the below petition and let it be known that Mohammed Ali Dadkhah must be freed and justice must prevail.
Dear President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other members of the Iranian government,
Your imprisonment and torture of human rights activist Mohammad Ali Dadkhah is a grave violation of every globally accepted notion of human rights. It mars the world image of Iran and paints your nation as ignorant, violent, and oppressive.
The only way to even begin to repair the harm you have caused so many individuals is to free Mohammad Ali Dadkhah and his contemporaries from the Centre for Human Rights Defenders immediately and unconditionally. These individuals were not plotting any overthrow of your nation’s leadership or regime; they just sought to make Iran a better nation for everyone living there. Please release these individuals safely and promptly.
[Your Name Here]
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