In light of the executions of various Kurdish minorities on various baseless charges, including teacher Farzad Kamangar and Shirin Alam Holi, action must be taken to hold the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) accountable, as well as save those who are at a serious risk of execution.
Many fear that Zeinab Jalalian, a 27-year-old woman and one of at least 15 Kurdish minorities currently on death-row, may be facing imminent execution that can be carried out at anytime.
We encourage everyone to send a letter to various IRI embassies, consulates, interest sections worldwide, as well as various Heads of State, high level UN officials, and officials inside Iran, urging them to halt the execution of Zeinab, and all those who suffer similarly, by using all mechanisms at their disposal.
Highlight her case, put a face to her name, and call the international community to action TODAY!
Below you will find the letter. If you choose to add a personal message, please keep it polite, human-rights focused, and without rhetoric. To the right of the page are the various recipients of the e-mail you send — this way you don’t have to send a letter multiple times (one click will send your message to all of the listed embassies, consulates, interest sections, IRI authorities, and UN officials).
The recipients of this letter include ambassadors from IRI embassies, Navanethem Pillay (the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights), Ban Ki-Moon (Secretary-General of the UN), Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (President of the IRI), Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani (Head of the Judiciary of the IRI), and Mohammad Javad Larijani (High Council for Human Rights for the IRI).
Below the letter you’ll find personal fields to fill out. Enter as much information as you feel comfortable. A VALID e-mail address is required; however, if you don’t feel comfortable sharing your e-mail, consider making an e-mail account just to use for actions like this.
Zeinab Jalalian is a 27-year-old Kurdish woman who is facing execution. Her lawyers have been prevented from engaging in any defense. Her trial lasted just a few minutes and resulted in a sentence of execution.
People close to her state that there is absolutely no evidence that she ever took up arms against the state. In fact, her activities took place at a time when many Kurdish groups operated freely and openly within Iran.
Two prominent human rights lawyers have attempted to represent Zeinab, but the authorities have prevented them from taking up her case. The IRI’s Intelligence Ministry and Judiciary have continued to use intimidation tactics to prevent public disclosure of prisoners’ information in order to carry out the death sentences in secret and evade any accountability.
Zeinab’s treatment, along with the treatment of other minorities in Iran’s prisons, breaks Iran’s own laws and makes a mockery of the nation’s judiciary system.
We urge you to do what is right: to call a halt to her execution and an end to her mistreatment and that of others in the IRI’s prisons. We call on you to restore faith in the judicial system by allowing lawyers to defend their clients and by allowing fair trials.
Most importantly, we call on you to halt the sentences of execution handed out to so many representatives of Iran’s Kurdish minority, including Zeinab Jalalian.
We call on you to show the world that the Islamic Republic of Iran has not turned its back on its own laws and constitution. Using every mechanism at your disposal to save the life Zeinab and others like her who are in prison because of their beliefs rather than their actions, would be a courageous and immensely welcome gesture.
Please help us make sure that all prisoners of conscience are released safely and guaranteed fair treatment. With your help, Iran can become the nation its people deserve.
Thank you for addressing these concerns, ensuring that international human rights standards are adhered to, and for urging the IRI authorities to immediately halt the execution of Zeinab Jalalian and guarantee fair treatment of all of the IRI’s prisoners of conscience
Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei
Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani
Mohammad Javad Larijani
Jonas Gahr Store
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
S. M Krishna