Iran: Saba Azarpeik held in unknown location; fears for safety

Journalist Saba Azarpeik, who has been held since 28 May 2014, appeared in court on 21 and 22 July and was reported to be in a bad physical and psychological condition. Concerns for her safety are acute

Saba Azarpeik, a leading independent journalist and political correspondent for the newspaper Etemaad and other reformist publications, has been detained at an undisclosed location since 28 May 2014, possibly in a detention centre in East Tehran. She was arrested during a raid on the office of the Tehran-based weekly Tejarat-e Farda, for which Azarpeik is a correspondent, but no formal charges against her have been made known. Since her arrest, she has been allowed to contact her family on only one occasion. 

English PEN joins PEN International in calling for her immediate and unconditional release, and that of all writers currently detained in Iran solely for the peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression. 

For further information on Saba’s case, please visit the PEN International website.

TAKE ACTION

Please send appeals:

  • Expressing serious concern for the well-being and safety of journalist Saba Azarpeik, who is held in an undisclosed location and is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment;
  • Urging that she be granted immediate access to her family and lawyer, and to be granted all necessary medical treatment;
  • Calling for her immediate and unconditional release, and that of all other writers currently similarly detained in Iran in connection with their peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression and assembly, in accordance with Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a state party.

Appeals to:

Leader of the Islamic Republic
Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei
The Office of the Supreme Leader
Islamic Republic Street — End of Shahid
Keshvar Doust Street,
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Email: info_leader@leader.ir
Twitter: @khamenei_ir

Head of the Judiciary
Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani
C/o Public Relations Office
Number 4, 2 Azizi Street intersection
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

President of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Hassan Rouhani
Pasteur Street, Pasteur Square
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Email: media@rouhani.ir
Twitter: @HassanRouhani (English) and @Rouhani_ir (Persian)

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