Iran: Journalist Kaveh Javanmard sentenced to 2 years in prison

English PEN protests the two-year prison sentence handed down to Iranian Kurdish journalist Kaveh Javanmard on 17 May 2007. The charges against him have not been made known, but he is believed to be held for his legitimate professional activites as a journalist. 

According to PEN’s information, officials from the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence arrested Javanmard, a journalist for the weekly Krafto, at his home in Sanandej on 18 December 2006. He was held incommuncado in pre-trial detention at Sanandej prison, where he was feared at risk of ill-treatment. The authorities have reportedly targeted other staff members of Krafto in recent weeks.

Javanmard’s arrest came during a wave of arrests, bans and acts of intimidation against the media following a visit to the Kurdish north by the President and the Culture Minister in September 2006. Other journalists have since been arrested, including Adnan Hassanpour who was arrested on 25 January 2007 and is still held incommunicado. PEN is deeply concerned about an apparant pattern of repression against journalists and human rights activists in Iranian Kurdistan, which has been ongoing since unrest broke out in the Kurdish areas of Iran in July 2005, and was violently suppressed by the authorities.

Kaveh Javanmard will serve his sentence at a prison in the town of Maragheh, 300 miles from his family home. He was reportedly denied legal representation and was tried in secret. The charges against him remain unknown.

Please send appeals:

  • Protesting the detention of journalist Kaveh Javanmard, and seeking details of the charges against him;

  • Expressing concern that his trial did not appear to conform with international standards;

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

  • Expressing concern about the apparent pattern of repression against journalists and human rights activists in Kurdish Iran at the present time.


Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic

His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei,

The Office of the Supreme Leader

Shoahada Street, Qom

Islamic Republic of Iran

Head of the Judiciary

His Excellency Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi

Ministry of Justice, Park-e Shahr,

Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

(Salutation: Your Excellency)

Minister of Intelligence

Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie

Ministry of Intelligence,

Second Negarestan Street,

Pasdaran Avenue,

Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran.

Copies to:

His Excellency Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

The Presidency,

Palestine Avenue,

Azerbaijan Intersection,

Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

Fax Via Foreign Ministry: 98 21 6 674 790

(mark: “Please forward to H.E. President Ahmadinejad”)

It may be most effective to send all the above appeals via the Iranian embassy in London:

His Excellency Mr Rasoul Movahedian

16 Prince’s Gate

London SW7 1PT

Fax: 020 7589 4440



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