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URGENT ACTION Amnesty International


UA 113/07 - AI Index: MDE 13/054/2007 - 15 May 2007

UA 113/07 IRAN
Fear for safety / Fear of torture and ill-treatment

students at Amir Kabir Polytechnic in Tehran:
Bejaz Ahmad Qasabian (m)
Moqdad Khalilpour (m)
Pooya Mahmoudian (m)
Majid Tavakkoli (m)
Majid Sheikhpour (m)
Babak Zamanian (m)


At least six students, four of whom are connected with student publications, from Amir Kabir Polytechnic in the capital, Tehran, have been arrested and are believed to be held in the city's Evin Prison. Amnesty International fears that they may be at risk of torture or ill-treatment.
Ahmad Qasabian, Moqdad Khalilpour, Pooya Mahmoudian, Majid Tavakkoli and Majid Sheikhpour are editors-in-chief of student publications. All men were reportedly detained apparently in connection with articles deemed by university officials to “insult Islamic sanctities”, a criminal offence. These reportedly appeared on 30 April in several student publications.
According to reports, Ahmad Qasabian, the managing editor of “Sahar” was arrested on 3 May, and Moqdad Khalilpour, the editor of “Atiyeh” was arrested on 7 May. Three other students, Pooya Mahmoudian, editor-in-chief of “Rivar”; Majid Tavakkoli, editor-in-chief of “Khat-e Sefer” and Majid Sheikhpour, editor-in-chief of “Sar-e Khat”, other student publications, were reportedly summoned to a Revolutionary Court on 8 May and were detained by judicial officials that afternoon.
Ahmad Qasabian is reportedly held in Section 209 of Evin Prison in Tehran, run by the Ministry of Intelligence and outside the control of Iran’s prison service.
Another student, Babak Zamanian, the spokesperson for Amir Kabir’s Islamic Students’ Association, was re-portedly arrested on 25 April, and appeared in court on the same day, charged with “acting against state secu-rity”. This may be in connection with interviews he reportedly gave to radio stations broadcasting outside Iran. He had already spent several days in detention following these interviews. He is reportedly now being held in section 209 of Evin Prison.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Following the publication of articles considered by some students to be controversial, clashes broke out be-tween students and members of the paramilitary Basij, who see themselves as acting on the authority of the Supreme Leader, on the campus of the Amir Kabir Polytechnic, during which several students were reportedly beaten severely. Some students claimed that the controversial articles were forged, and had been produced in order to provide an excuse to crack down on student journalists and activists.
The arrests took place in the course of elections on 7 May to the board of the university’s student union, the Islamic Student Association and some observers have suggested that these arrested may be an attempt by the authorities to disrupt the students’ election process.
On 2 May the Justice Ministry spokesman, Ali Reza Jamshidi, reportedly said that an inquiry into the incident had been opened.
During a speech at Amir Kabir Polytechnic on 11 December 2006, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was inter-rupted by heckling and jeers as one student burned his picture and another hurled a shoe towards the stage.


RECOMMENDED ACTION

Please send appeals to arrive as quickly as possible, in Persian, Arabic, English or your own language:
- expressing concern for the safety of the six students (please name them);
- asking to be informed of the reasons for their arrest, including any charges against them, which should be made public and communicated to the students and their lawyers without delay;
- calling for their immediate release if they are not to be charged with a recognizably criminal offence;
- calling for them to be granted immediate and unconditional access to their lawyers, family members, and any medical treatment they may require;
- seeking assurances that they not being tortured or ill-treated in detention.
APPEALS TO

Leader of the Islamic Republic;
His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei;
The Office of the Supreme Leader,
Shoahada Street, Qom, Islamic Republic of Iran;
Email: info@leader.ir,
istiftaa@wilayah.org;
Fax: +98 251 7774 2228;
(mark FAO Office of His Excellency Ayatollah al Udhma Khamenei);
Salutation: Your Excellency

Minister of Intelligence;
Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie;
Ministry of Intelligence,
Second Negarestan Street, Pasdaran Avenue,
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran;
Salutation: Your Excellency

Head of the Judiciary;
Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi;
Ministry of Justice,
Ministry of Justice Building,
Panzdah-Khordad Square,
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran;
Fax: +98 21 3390 4986 (please keep trying);
Email: info@dadgostary-tehran.ir
(In the subject line write: FAO Ayatollah Shahroudi);
Salutation: Your Excellency

COPIES TO

President;
His Excellency Mahmoud Ahmadinejad;
The Presidency,
Palestine Avenue, Azerbaijan Intersection,
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran;
Email: dr-ahmadinejad@president.ir,
via website: www.president.ir/email;
Salutation: Your Excellency

Speaker of Parliament;
His Excellency Gholamali Haddad Adel;
Majles-e Shoura-ye Eslami,
Baharestan Square,
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran;
Fax: + 98 21 3355 6408;
Email: hadadadel@majlis.ir

Ambassade de la République Islamique d'Iran;
Thunstrasse 68;
Case postale;
3000 Berne 6.
Fax: 031 351 56 52
E-mail: secretariat@iranembassy.ch


PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY.
Check if sending appeals after 26 June 2007.

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UA 115/07 - AI Index: MDE 13/055/2007 - 16 May 2007

UA 115/07 IRAN
Incommunicado detention / fear of torture or ill-treatment /
prisoners of conscience

trade unionists;
Heis Amani (m)
Sedigh Karimi (m)


Amnesty International fears that trade unionists Heis Amani and Sedigh Karimi may be held incommunicado at an unknown location and are possibly at risk of torture or ill-treatment. Amnesty International believes that the two men are prisoners of conscience, held solely for the peaceful expression of their conscientiously held be-liefs, and calls for their immediate release.
Heis Amani is the head of the Union of Unemployed and Dismissed Workers (Ettehadiye Kargaran-e Bikar va Ekhraji), while Sedigh Karimi is a member of the union's governing body. The two men were among some 400 people who took part in a demonstration on 1 May in Sanandaj, the capital of Iran’s Kordestan province, mark-ing International Workers' Day. An unknown number of people were detained following the demonstration in Sanandaj. At least 12 people were held until 10 May and another was scheduled to be released on bail on 12 May. Heis Amani and Sedigh Karimi are now the only protesters still held by the authorities. Amnesty Interna-tional has no news of their whereabouts, nor of any charges brought against them.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
In recent months, members of Iran’s organised labour movement have held numerous demonstrations aimed at drawing attention to their working and living conditions. On 1 May, demonstrations were broken up by security forces, including in Sanandaj and Tehran, where up to 600 workers reportedly chanted slogans against the government and parliament.
In March and April, hundreds of teachers, mostly members of local Teachers’ Associations or the National Coun-cil of Teachers’ Associations, were detained in connection with demonstrations which began in March 2007 by teachers demanding higher pay and better working conditions. All those arrested in connection with the demon-strations were later released. Late in April, many more teachers were arrested, including, on 7 April, the entire board of the Hamedan Teachers’ Association, who were held in connection with events organized by the Asso-ciation's leadership. They have since been freed.
The harassment and arrest of labour leaders has been accompanied by arrests of students and women’s rights activists as part of an apparent crackdown on the internationally recognized rights to free expression and free association by the Iranian authorities. For more information, please see: Iran: Arrests of peaceful demonstra-tors and activists continue, at: http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGMDE130452007?open&ofENG-IRN and Iran: Beating and arrest of workers is no way to commemorate May Day, at http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGMDE130492007?open&ofENG-IRN

RECOMMENDED ACTION

Please send appeals to arrive as quickly as possible, in Persian, English, Arabic or your own language:
- calling on the authorities immediately to reveal the whereabouts of trade unionists Heis Amani and Sedigh Karimi, who have reportedly been detained incommunicado in Sanandaj since 1 May;
- urging the authorities to release Heis Amani and Sedigh Karimi immediately and unconditionally, if they are held solely for their peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression or association in support of work-ers’ rights;
- calling on the authorities to ensure that while Heis Amani and Sedigh Karimi are in custody they have uncon-ditional access to their families and lawyers of their choice;
- asking for a detailed account of the reasons for their arrest, including any charges brought against them;
- calling on the authorities to ensure that Heis Amani and Sedigh Karimi are not tortured or ill-treated, and to allow them immediate access to any medical treatment they may require.







APPEALS TO

Leader of the Islamic Republic;
His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei;
The Office of the Supreme Leader,
Shoahada Street, Qom,
Islamic Republic of Iran;
Email: info@leader.ir,
istiftaa@wilayah.org;
Fax: +98 251 7774 2228
(mark FAO Office of His Excellency Ayatollah al Udhma Khamenei);
Salutation: Your Excellency

Head of the Judiciary;
Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi;
Ministry of Justice,
Ministry of Justice Building,
Panzdah-Khordad Square, Tehran,
Islamic Republic of Iran;
Fax: +98 21 3390 4986
(please keep trying);
Email:
info@dadgostary-tehran.ir
(In the subject line write: FAO Ayatollah Shahroudi);
Salutation: Your Excellency

Minister of Intelligence;
Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie;
Ministry of Intelligence,
Second Negarestan Street,
Pasdaran Avenue, Tehran,
Islamic Republic of Iran;
Salutation: Your Excellency


COPIES TO

Governor of Kurdistan;
Esmail Najjar;
Email:
If sending emails in English,
French or your own language,
please use the feedback form on the English part of the website:
http://en.ostan-kd.ir/Default.aspx?TabID59
If sending emails in Persian and Kurdish,
please send emails via the feedback form on the Persian part of the website:
http://www.ostan-kd.ir/Default.aspx?tabId150&cv4@0_1
Salutation: Dear Governor

Ambassade de la République Islamique d'Iran;
Thunstrasse 68;
Case postale;
3000 Berne 6.
Fax: 031 351 56 52
E-mail: secretariat@iranembassy.ch

PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY.
Check if sending appeals after 27 June 2007.

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Amnesty International | Schweiz/Suisse | www.amnesty-ua.ch | ua@amnesty.ch | Tel/Tél 031 307 22 22 | Fax 031 307 22 33

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