09/18/2018

Urgent Action: Iranian Kurds Forced to Make TV “Confession” (Iran: UA 166.18)


Iranian Kurds Houshmand Alipour and Mohammad Ostadghader were arrested by security forces on 3 August and held incommunicado for weeks. They were shown on state television on 7 August making a forced “confession” incriminating themselves. They have had little access to their families and no access to lawyers of their choosing.

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Iranian Kurds Houshmand Alipour and Mohammad Ostadghader were arrested by security forces on 3 August and held incommunicado for weeks. They were shown on state television on 7 August making a forced “confession” incriminating themselves. They have had little access to their families and no access to lawyers of their choosing.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Ensure that Houshmand Alipour and Mohammad Ostadghader are tried in proceedings that are in line with international fair trial standards and without recourse to the death penalty, and that they are given regular access to their families and lawyers of their own choosing, as well as to any medical care they may require;
  • Ensure that they are protected from torture and other ill-treatment, and order a prompt, independent, effective, and impartial investigation into their allegations of torture, bringing to justice anyone found responsible in fair trials and without recourse to the death penalty;
  • End the practice of producing and broadcasting “confession” videos, as they violate the defendants’ rights not to be compelled to incriminate themselves, to presumption of innocence and to freedom from degrading treatment.

Contact these two officials by 22 October, 2018:

Public Prosecutor of Kurdish Province
Shahid Beheshti Judicial Complex

Basij Square, Sanandaj
Kurdistan Province, Iran
Salutation: Dear Sir

H.E. Gholamali Khoshroo
Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations
622 Third Avenue, 34th Floor

New York, NY 10017
Phone: 212 687-2020 | Fax: 212 867 7086
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Permanent Representative

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