Iran: Editor of Women’s Rights Magazine arrested

*** UPDATE: English PEN welcomes the release of editor Ali Muhaqiq Nasab on 28 May 2008. Nasab had been held without charge since 4 May 2008. Thank you to all of you who sent appeals on his behalf.***

 

English PEN is seriously concerned about the detention of Afghan editor Ali Muhaqiq Nasab.

 

According to PEN’s information, Nasab, editor of the Kabul-based monthly magazine Haqoq-e-Zan (Women’s Rights), was detained by Iranian officials in Qom, near the Iranian capital Tehran, on 4 March 2008, and continues to be held without charge. Documents, mobile phones and a computer were reportedly confiscated from his home at the time of his arrest, and Nasab’s wife has so far been denied access to him and information about him. Officials from Iran’s embassy in Kabul have declined to comment on the case.

Nasab was previously charged with blasphemy in his native Afghanistan in October 2005, and sentenced to two years in jail for publishing articles that were accused of being ‘anti-Islamic’ in Haqoq-e-Zan. The articles questioned harsh penalties for adultery and theft. Nasab’s sentence was reduced on appeal to six months, despite some calling for the death penalty. 

PEN is seriously concerned that Nasab is being held for his writings in support of women’s rights, and therefore calls for his immediate and unconditional release in accordance with Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a signatory.

Please send appeals:

 



  • Expressing serious concern at the arrest of editor Ali Muhaqiq Nasab;


  • Calling for his immediate and unconditional release in accordance with Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a signatory.

Addresses:


Leader of the Islamic Republic
His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei
The Office of the Supreme Leader, Islamic Republic Street – Shahid Keshvar Doust Street
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

Head of the Judiciary
Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi
Howzeh Riyasat-e Qoveh Qazaiyeh / Office of the Head of the Judiciary
Pasteur St., Vali Asr Ave., south of Serah-e Jomhouri,
Tehran 1316814737,
Islamic Republic of Iran

Copies to:

His Excellency Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
The Presidency,
Palestine Avenue,
Azerbaijan Intersection,
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
 
It may be most effective to send the above appeals via the diplomatic representative for Iran in the UK:

H.E. Mr Rasoul Movahedian
16 Prince’s Gate
London
SW7 1PT
Fax: 020 7589 4440
 
 
 

Originally posted with the url: www.englishpen.org/writersinprison/bulletins/iraneditorofwomensrightsmagazinearrested/

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