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Freedom House Committee Demands Release of Iranian Activist

Washington

Freedom House’s International Solidarity Committee today put out the following statement regarding Iranian human rights defender, Shiva Nazar Ahari:
 
“We are extremely concerned for the safety of Iranian human rights activist, Shiva Nazar Ahari, who is scheduled to face charges that carry the death penalty in a trial before a Revolutionary Court in Tehran on September 4. The International Solidarity Committee demands that the Iranian government release Nazar Ahari immediately and drop all charges against her.
 
Nazar Ahari, spokesperson for the Committee of Human Rights Reporters (CHRR), an independent non-governmental organization, will be tried for ‘rebellion against God,’ ‘anti-regime propaganda,’ and ‘acts contrary to national security.’ She has strenuously protested her innocence of all these charges.
 
Nazar Ahari is a human rights defender who has never used nor advocated violence. An advocate for human rights and a teacher of refugees and street children, Nazar Ahari was first arrested at 17 for attending a candlelight vigil for the victims of 9/11 and has been the target of official persecution for her legitimate activities for many years.”
 
The International Solidarity Committee brings together prominent Americans and Europeans, including members of Congress and parliament, former government officials and diplomats, journalists, and academics, to speak out on behalf of human rights defenders and democracy activists across the Middle East.
 
This statement was made by the following members of the Committee:
 
Agnieszka Bieńczyk-Missala, Vice Director for Academic Research and International Cooperation at the Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw (since 2008)
Mark Palmer, U.S. Ambassador (retired)
Melvyn Levitsky, U.S. Ambassador (retired)
Markus Meckel, former foreign minister of the German Democratic Republic.
Norman G. Kurland, President, Center for Economic and Social Justice
Chester Crocker, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
Douglas C. Rowland, President Emeritus, International Election Monitors Institute and Immediate Past President, Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians.
Brian Atwood, Dean, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Policy, University of Minnesota
J. Scott Carpenter, former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State.
Cecilia Wikström, Member of the European Parliament
Nader Nadery, Afghan human rights activist
Neil Hicks, International Policy Advisor, Human Rights First
 
Iran is ranked Not Free in Freedom in the World 2010, Freedom House's survey of political rights and civil liberties, and Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2010.
 
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