Saturday, July 18, 2009

URGENT: Call on the Iranian government to release human rights activist Shadi Sadr‏

I got this in my email yesterday from Equality Now:

EQUALITY NOW CONDEMNS THE ABDUCTION AND ILLEGAL ARREST OF IRANIAN HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST & LAWYER SHADI SADR

Equality Now is deeply concerned for the welfare of human rights activist and lawyer Shadi Sadr who was allegedly beaten, manhandled and arrested without warrant in Tehran on 17 July on her way to Friday prayers. Her friends who were accompanying her have reported that she was dragged into a car by plain-clothes officials. Shadi struggled out of the car and managed to escape with her friends’ help, but was pursued by other officials who beat her violently with a baton and then drove her away.

Please write to the Iranian Embassy in your country calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Shadi Sadr who was arrested without justification. Express your extreme concern about her assault at the hands of plain-clothes security officials. Ask for the release of all those currently detained for the peaceful expression of their beliefs.

Contact information for Iranian embassies around the world can be found on the following websites:

http://www.offshorewave.com/embassies_show.php?country_id=98
http://www.embassiesabroad.com/embassies-of/Iran

Please keep Equality Now updated on your work and send copies of any replies you receive to: info@equalitynow.org

SAMPLE LETTER

Dear Ambassador:

It is with great dismay that I have just learned of the beating and abduction of Iranian lawyer and human rights activist, Shadi Sadr, as she was on her way with friends to Friday prayers. Ms. Sadr was allegedly beaten, manhandled and arrested without warrant in Tehran on 17 July 2009 by plain-clothes officials. Ms. Shadr at first managed to escape with her friends’ help, but I understand she was pursued and captured by other plain-clothes officials who beat her violently with a baton and then drove her away.

I am deeply concerned for the welfare of Ms. Shadi Sadr and urge the Iranian government to release her immediately and unconditionally. Ms. Sadr was arrested without justification. This and her alleged brutal assault at the hands of plain-clothes security officials are unacceptable. I also ask the Iranian government immediately to release all those currently detained for the peaceful expression of their beliefs.

Sincerely yours,