August 31, 2017

Urgent Action Update: Prisoner Of Conscience Sentenced To Death (Iran: UA 212.14)


On 27 August a Revolutionary Court in Tehran sentenced spiritual teacher Mohammad Ali Taheri to death for “spreading corruption on earth” for establishing the spiritual group Erfan-e Halgheh. He has been held in solitary confinement for over six years.

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On 27 August a Revolutionary Court in Tehran sentenced spiritual teacher Mohammad Ali Taheri to death for “spreading corruption on earth” for establishing the spiritual group Erfan-e Halgheh. He has been held in solitary confinement for over six years.

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

  • Urging the Iranian authorities to quash Mohammad Ali Taheri’s conviction and death sentence and release him immediately and unconditionally, as he is a prisoner of conscience targeted solely for the peaceful exercise of his rights to freedoms of belief, expression and association;
  • Reminding them that, under international human rights law, the death penalty may only be used for “the most serious crimes”, which international bodies have interpreted as being limited to crimes involving intentional killings, and that the charges brought against him do not meet this threshold;
  • Calling on them to order an independent and impartial investigation into his prolonged solitary confinement, which violates the absolute prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment, and bring those responsible to justice;
  • Expressing concern that, in violation of the legal prohibition of double jeopardy, he was tried three times in relation to the same peaceful activities

Contact these two officials by 12 October, 2017:

Head of the Judiciary
Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani
c/o Public Relations Office Number 4
2 Azizi Street intersection
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Salutation: Your Excellency

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 I Fax: (212) 867-7086
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Your Excellency

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Click here to let us know if you took action on this case! This is Urgent Action 212.14
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