UA: 125/11 Index: MDE 13/047/2011Iran Date: 06 May 2011
STUDENT ACTIVISTS HELD IN IRAN
Two members of the Confederation of Iranian Students (CIS), an independent group of current
and former students, have been arrested. Shiva Kamalipour Azad was arrested in Iran’s capital,
Tehran, on 26 April 2011 and Mohammad Reza Fakhravar (known as Arash) was reportedly
arrested at Tehran Airport on or around 29 April. They are at risk of torture or other ill treatment.
Journalist Shiva Kamalipour Azad, aged 29, was initially arrested on 17 April 2011 by security officials at the Imam
Khomeini International Airport in Tehran, as she was leaving to attend a conference about journalism in the Muslim
world in the USA via Dubai. Her passport, camera, computer and phone were confiscated and she was taken to Evin
Prison, Tehran, where she reportedly appeared before a Revolutionary Court. Shiva Kamalipour Azad was held in
incommunicado detention, until her release on bail on 24 April 2011. She is believed to have been ill-treated during
interrogation. She was arrested again at her grandfather’s residence, in the middle of the night two days later by six
security officials believed to be from an intelligence body. She was blindfolded and taken back to Evin Prison where
she is still held.
Nineteen-year-old student activist Arash Fakhravar was reportedly arrested on arrival in Tehran after returning from
France where he was an asylum-seeker. The circumstances of his departure from France are unclear. His current
whereabouts are unknown, and he may have been subjected to enforced disappearance.
PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in Persian, English or your own language:
Calling on the Iranian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Shiva Kamalipour Azad and
Mohammad Reza Fakhravar (known as Arash) if, as appears to be the case, they are held solely for the peaceful
exercise of their rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly;
Expressing deep concern that Arash Fakhravar may have been subjected to enforced disappearance, urging the
authorities to disclose his whereabouts immediately;
Calling on the authorities to ensure that they are protected from torture and other ill-treatment, and grant them
immediate and regular access to their families, lawyers of their choice and adequate medical care.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 16 JUNE 2011 TO:
Leader of the Islamic Republic
Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei
The Office of the Supreme Leader
Islamic Republic Street – End of
Shahid Keshvar Doust Street, Tehran,
Islamic Republic of Iran
Twitter: @khamenei_ir "@khamenei_ir
must release student activists Shiva
Kamalipour Azad and Arash
Fakhravar!#Iran risk of torture"
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Head of the Judiciary
Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani
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High Council for Human Rights
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