July 6, 2017

Urgent Action Update: Spiritual Teacher At Risk Of Death Penalty Again (Iran: UA 212.14)


Iranian spiritual teacher Mohammad Ali Taheri is awaiting his second hearing due to take place in July. The authorities are prosecuting him for “spreading corruption on earth”. He has been held in solitary confinement for over six years in Tehran’s Evin prison. If convicted, he can be sentenced to death.

Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Urging the Iranian authorities to release Mohammad Ali Taheri immediately and unconditionally as he is a prisoner of conscience held solely for the peaceful exercise of his rights to freedom of 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;
  • Calling on them to order independent and impartial investigations into his prolonged solitary confinement, which violates the absolute prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment, and bring those responsible to justice.

Contact these two officials by 16 August, 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

Office of the Supreme Leader
Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations
Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei
622 Third Avenue, 34th Floor, New York, NY 10017
Fax: (212) 867-7086
Phone: (212) 687-2020
Email: iran@un.int
Salutation: Your Excellency


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