Saturday, July 09, 2005

PEN American Center - Akbar Ganji: "Here's What You Can Do
Please write a polite letter on your personal or institutional letterhead requesting that Akbar Ganji be released - or copy the one below - and mail to His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed 'Ali Khamenei (postage 80 ¢) and to the Iranian Interests Section (postage 37¢).

His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed 'Ali Khamenei
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran
c/o The Presidency
Palestine Avenue
Azerbaijan Intersection
Islamic Republic of Iran
Your Excellency,
I am writing to express my grave and urgent concern about the continued imprisonment of Akbar Ganji. As you know, Mr. Ganji was among 19 writers and intellectuals arrested for participating in an academic and cultural conference held in Berlin in April 2000. I fear Mr. Ganji is being detained solely for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression as guaranteed by Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which your country has ratified. Please reconsider Mr. Ganji's case and in a spirit of humanity order his immediate and unconditional release.
[Your name and signature]
Iranian Interests Section
c/o Embassy of Pakistan to the United States
2209 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20007 "


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