Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Rights & Democracy is deeply concerned with the fate of Mr. Ganji.

"To : Iranian Human Rights Activist Group in EU and North America (IHRAG)

11 July 2005

Dear Mr. Mahoutiha,

Thank you for the information you have been sending me regarding the human
rights situation in Iran, and more specifically the case of Mr. Akbar Ganji
and his hunger strike.

Rights & Democracy is deeply concerned with the fate of Mr. Ganji. We call
on the Iranian authorities to take immediate steps to ensure that Mr. Ganji
receives appropriate medical attention outside of prison, and to release
him immediately and unconditionally.

Unfortunately, Akbar Ganji�s arrest and subsequent imprisonment is not an
isolated case. We are aware that there are other political prisoners in
Iran -- people being held for their views and for their peaceful
opposition to a regime that abuses human rights. Such arrests, imprisonment
and harassment is completely unacceptable according to international human
rights law and norms.

Rights & Democracy will continue to monitor the situation in Iran, and to
do its utmost to support initiatives that lead to the democratization of
the country and the amelioration of the human rights situation.

In solidarity,

Razmik Panossian
Razmik Panossian
Director - Policy, Programmes and Planning /
Directeur - Politiques, programmes et planification
Rights & Democracy / Droits et D�mocratie
1001 boul. de Maisonneuve E., Suite/Bureau 1100
Montr�al, Qu�bec, H2L 4P9, Canada.


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