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Write for Rights 2012/Iran: A husband’s message to activists

Narges Mohammadi, an Iranian human rights activist and a mother of young twins, was sentenced earlier this year to six years in prison on charges related to her human rights work. Right now, thousands of activists are taking part in Write for Rights 2012, appealing to Iran's authorities to release Narges. Her husband, Taghi Rahmani, sent this message to letter writers worldwide.

Your organization has always been a great support for me and I say that as someone who has spent 14 years of my life behind bars. My wife, Narges Mohammadi and I, as human rights activists, have always been warmed by Amnesty International’s dedication to promoting human rights.

For me, Amnesty International is the symbol of an organization that wants human rights for all people. An organization that, free from any political affiliations, urges governments and other entities to respect human rights.

Such efforts reaffirm that you can still hope that all people, regardless of their colour, race, religion, beliefs and class are entitled to enjoy human rights, wherever in the world they live, because they are all human beings.

Accepting such a role and performing it at a grass roots level is not easy. Your independent advocacy for the rights of all people in all societies, alongside the support of the public and the voluntary activities they undertake, have made you a reputable organization.

Our harsh and violent world needs organizations like yours to reduce the pain and suffering of human beings and wish for a better world for everyone.

As long as you advocate for human rights without discrimination, you will have the admiration of myself, my wife, and other like-minded individuals.

Human rights for everyone and everywhere.

Thank you,
Taghi Rahmani