The International Centre for Human Rights: Amnesty International has called on the Iranian authorities to immediately release Saeed Malekpour or bring him to trial on criminal charges in legal proceedings that fully confirm to international fair trial standards. Saeed Malekpour is a 35-year-old web designer and permanent resident of Canada.
Saeed Malekpour was sentenced to death in December 2010 following what appears to have been an unfair trial, without access to his lawyer. In March 2010, he wrote an open letter in which he declared that his confessions were extracted under immense pressure, torture, and false promises of release. He reported that he was forced to confess to crimes which he did not commit. He is detained in Evin Prison, has spent more than 12 months in solitary confinement and has been denied access to books, newspapers, and contact with the outside world. His death sentence was quashed in June 2011 after his defence lawyers were finally able to provide expert evidence to the courts.
Amnesty International welcomes the fact that his death sentence has been quashed, however, Mr. Malekapour remains detained for offences which he insists he did not commit. It is essential that he be granted a fair trial.
Write a letter to the Iranian authorites. Welcome the information that the death sentence against Mr. Malkapour has been quashed, and request that they:
- Guarantee that Saeed Malekpour will not face the death sentence.
- Release him immediately or bring him to trial on criminal charges in legal proceedings that fully confirm to international fair trial standards.
- Provide Mr. Malekpour with unrestricted access to his lawyer, and any medical treatment he may require.
- Immediately conduct an impartial investigation into Mr. Malekpour’s allegations of torture while he has been detained. Anyone found responsible for abuse should be brought to justice promptly and fairly.
- Ensure that any “confession” he may have made as a result of torture is not admitted as evidence against him, as this would violate Article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) to which Iran is a state party.
The International Centre for Human Rights: Mansour Osanloo, the chairman of the Syndicate of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company (Sherkat-e Vahed) was released from prison on bail and on the orders of Iran’s Judiciary today after four years behind bars. He was released due to international pressures, according to the Student Committee for Defense of Political Prisoners.
The labour rights activist was among the people currently on hunger strike in Rajai Shahr prison. Osanloo’s release corresponds with the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) meeting that began on Monday and will continue for two weeks. The ILO has always made efforts for Osanloo’s release.
Mansour Osanloo was arrested on July 10, 2007 and sentenced to five years in prison. He was sentenced to an additional year in prison in August 2010 under the charge, “Propaganda against the regime”. He has been arrested numerous times in the past decade, each time enduring much physical and psychological torture including spending long periods of time in solitary confinement.
In this case ITF general secretary David Cockroft commented: “This is a great day for Mansour and his family – and for his fellow Vahed union members and those of us in the international trade union movement who are honoured to call him a friend. It’s doubly welcome given the deterioration in his health during his time behind bars.
“That bail has been set falls short of the full pardon we all wanted, and which the Iranian government promised, but for now we can just take a moment to savour his richly deserved return to his family.”
He continued: “As much as we welcome the Iranian government's move and its finally listening to reason, we know we must renew our insistence that those other prisoners are set free and the threat of re-arrest lifted from Mansour, and then commit the ITF, our member unions and friends in the trade union and human rights movements to campaigning on their behalf.”
The International Centre for Human Rights: Hassan Nahid, a political prisoner who was held in ward 350 of Evin prison died two weeks ago in the hospital due to lack of medical attention and treatment for his cancer, according to the Student Committee for Defense of Political Prisoners.