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Free Aziz Samandari

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To: - President of Islamic Republic of Iran,His Excellency Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; - Leader of the Islamic Republic, His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei; - Head of the Judiciary, His Excellency Mr. Mahmoud Hashemi Shahrudi; - Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Mr. Manuchehr Motaki; - Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran; Your Excellency, I am deeply distressed to learn that Ms. Jinous Sobhani, Mr. Shahrokh Taef, Mr. Didar Raoufi, Mr. Payam Aghsani and Mr. Aziz Samandari have been arbitrarily arrested on 14 January 2009 and are currently detained at the Evin prison without formal charges and no access to a lawyer. Twenty seven other Baha’is, including the seven members of the “Friends in Iran” are also currently detained in Iran on the sole basis of their religious belief. Members of the Baha’i community are loyal to their government, don’t get involved in partisan politics and work towards the betterment of society. Yet, they have been targets of systematic persecution by the Islamic Republic of Iran for the last 30 years. Despite widespread international outcry, including condemnations by the United Nations’ General Assembly, I am appalled to note that theses persecutions continue relentlessly. Iran has ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights on 24th June 1975. Article 9 provides that “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention” and Article 18 protects everyone’s freedom of conscience and religion. I request the Islamic Republic of Iran to abide by its international obligations and to immediately and unconditionally release all the Baha’is arbitrarily detained on the sole basis of their religious belief. Yours faithfully,


I am Aziz' cousin. I am of half Swiss and half Iranian. Being born and raised in two cultures, I have learnt to respect diversity of cultures and religions. Even though I have never lived in Iran and I am not Baha'i myself, I am proud of my Iranian heritage and visited the country. My respect for others beliefs and rights has been reinforced by living in Geneva, home to Human Rights organization and throught my studies in international relations. My family, relatives and myself are very concerned about my cousin and other Baha'is who are imprisoned. I would like to urge you to help us spread the word and take action for the release of these innocent people. We are worried about their safety and protection. These are honest, truthful and peace-loving individuals who are detained because of their religious beliefs. Thanks for your support. Patrick Nicolier

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