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Urgent Action to Save Farzad Kamangar!







According to HRAI (Human Rights Activates in Iran) letter on 11 July 2008 Farzad Kamangars death sentence was passed,



following a flawed trial in which his contact with his lawyer was limited. He was accused of being a member of the armed group, the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), and of possession of explosives. The Court viewed these accusations as an attempt to overthrow the state, which, under Iranian law, equates to "enmity against God".



Farzad Kamangar has been held incommunicado at a series of locations, including in the cities of Kermanshah, Sanandaj and Tehran, and has been tortured regularly, including by being beaten, flogged and electrocuted. As a result of this torture, his arms and legs have started to tremble involuntarily.



Article 6(2) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a state party, states: "In countries which have not abolished the death penalty, sentence of death may be imposed only for the most serious crimes..." The UN Human Rights Committee, the independent body that reviews states' implementation of this treaty has stated: "The Committee is of the opinion that the expression 'most serious crimes' must be read restrictively to mean that the death penalty should be a quite exceptional measure."



We ask Iranian government to:







- urging the authorities to commute Farzad Kamangars death sentence immediately;



- acknowledging that governments have a responsibility to bring to justice those suspected of criminal offences in proceedings that adhere to international standards for fair trial, but stating your unconditional opposition to the death penalty, as the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment and violation of the right to life;



- asking for full details of the charges against Farzad Kamangar,



- expressing concern that his trial may not have met international standards for fair trial, which are essential in capital cases;



- calling on the authorities to grant Farzad Kamangar immediate and regular access to his family and lawyer of his choice and to be granted any medical treatment he may require;



- expressing concern at reports that Farzad Kamangar was tortured, and urging the authorities to investigate those reports fully, with those responsible being brought to justice;



- calling on the authorities to ensure that none Farzad Kamangar is tortured or ill-treated.







Send your sample letters to:



1- Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei E-mail: [email protected]







2- Ministry of Justice, Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi E-mail: [email protected]



3-The Presidency, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad E-mail: [email protected]



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