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HOSSEIN KHEZRI, political prisoner sentenced to death in Iran, IS IN IMMINENT DANGER OF EXECUTION. A few hours ago he has been taken by intelligence agents from Orumiyeh prison to an unknown destination.
UPDATE 26 Dec 2010: HABIB’S EXECUTION HAS BEEN POSTPONED,
But the fight for his life has to continue. See links at the end of this post to join the struggle.
UPDATE 27 Dec 2010: Habibollah Latifi’s Family Arrested; Concern Over Impending Execution From: International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran:
Following news of postponement of Habibollah Latifi’s execution, an informed source in Sanandaj told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that several members of the prisoner of conscience’s family were arrested by security forces on Saturday night. Additional information indicates that certain individuals who had accompanied the family in pursuing a halt to Latifi’s execution have also been arrested.
The source told the Campaign that Saleh Nikbakht, one of Latifi’s lawyers, has returned to Tehran. During the past few hours the Campaign has also received news of brutal force used during the arrests of Latifi family members.
Several sources close to the case told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that they are concerned the prisoner of conscience’s family were arrested in an effort to silence them while the execution is carried out. The authorities may not be pleased with the wave of publicity the family created around Latifi’s impending execution. Habibollah Latifi’s lawyers have not yet provided details about the postponement of his execution and next steps in his case.
UPDATE 26 Dec 2010: HABIB’S EXECUTION HAS BEEN POSTPONED From Iran Human Rights
Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of Iran Human Rights said: “We are very happy that the efforts of the civil rights defenders in Iran gave results and Habibollah Latifi’s scheduled execution was halted, and we hope that this campaign continues until his death sentence has been removed”. He added: “We must emphasize that the sentence has only been postponed and as long as the death sentence is still over him, he will be in danger”.
From FREEDOM MESSENGER:
Mr. Latifi, a Kurdish student at the University of Eylam, was arrested on October 23, 2007, in the City of Sanandaj. He was detained in unknown location. Eight months later (July 3, 2008), he was sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court in the City of Sanandaj, convicted of “endangering state security”. The proceedings were closed, and his own lawyer was not allowed to attend the hearing. After more than one month the lawyer was informed about the sentence.
While in custody, Mr. Latifi was reportedly subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment such as torturing him in front of other prisoners in order to confess their membership in an opposition party. As Mr. Latifi’s health condition was gravely deteriorated due to constant torture, he was transferred to a hospital for a certain period of time. He was returned to the prison in Sanandaj upon release from hospital.
Mr. Latifi is now very weak; he suffers the pain and endless coughing of bronchitis, complains about fever, hard breathing, broken bones, and torture wounds, also in his face.
Target: Greek Embassies worldwide, with copies to UNHCR and EU Parliament.
The Greek government has once again displayed its brutal nature by savagely attacking a group of Iranian and Afghani asylum-seekers. We strongly condemn this despicable violence and call on the Greek government to uphold and protect the rights of asylum-seekers.
We encourage people to write to the Greek Embassy in their country, with copies to the EU Parliament and UNHCR; a sample letter is provided below, and beneath the letter is the list of recommended email addresses.
URGENT: Female Kurdish political prisoner Zeinab Jalilian has been moved to the enforcement section of the Islamic Republic’s detention facilities; her execution is deemed imminent.
Zeinab, 27, is from Maku, a city in the far northwest corner of Iran in province of West Azerbaijan. She was arrested in May 2008 in Kermanshah and accused of ‘waging war against God’ (Mohareb) and belonging to the PKK (an outlawed political organization).
Her “trial,” in which she was denied legal defense, lasted about 5 minutes, reminiscent of the 1988 mass executions of thousands of political prisoners, for which there is now a demand to convene an international court to try the perpetrators. Zeinab was sentenced to death in that sham trial and the sentence has been upheld. Originally imprisoned in Kermanshah prison, she was transferred to the detention center of the Ministry of Information in March 2010, and has now been moved to the “enforcement” section of the facility, signaling impending execution.
Here is 27-year old Zeinab Jalalian’s letter to the world, pleading for help:
Dear Human Rights Organisations:
My name is Ms Zeinab Jalalian. I am a 27-year-old Kurdish female political prisoner in prison in Iran. My death sentence was confirmed by the Iranian Supreme Court.
I am currently ill because of torture and I don’t have any lawyer to defend me. I want to tell you that my trial took only few minutes. The Court told me: “You are an enemy of God. You must be hanged very soon.” That was the sum of my entire court process. I asked the judge to give me permission to say good bye to my mother and family before my execution. He told me to “shut up” and rejected my request.
1. Send faxes to UN.
It seems that Zainab’s only chance is an urgent intervention of United Nations. Send faxes to Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for the Office of Human Rights and Ban Ki-Moon, the Secretary General of the United Nation. Sample letter and fax numbers HERE. You may add also a personal comment.
2. Add Zainab’s heartbeats to your website/blog.
You can add the above video to your site in a size of your choice. Copy and paste one of the codes HERE into your page using the html editor of your blog. The video will be added, will start automatically as your page loads and will loop continuously.
3. More possible destinations to send faxes:
Mr. Luíz Inácio Lula da Silva, President of Brazil. Has close relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran. His fax number HERE
Ms. Patricia Llombart Cussac, European Comission, Head of Gulf Countries Unit – Iran, Iraq, Yemen. Her fax numbers HERE
If you have more ideas for destinations with confirmed fax numbers, please add them here as comments.