Open letter to Ahmed Shaheed regarding Narges Mohammadi



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His Excellency Dr Ahmed Shaheed

UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran

OHCHR – Palais Wilson

United Nations office at Geneva

CH – 1211 Geneva 10



Petition to secure immediate release of Narges Mohammadi



Dear Dr Shaheed,


Following the arrest of Iranian human rights defender Narges Mohammadi, who was arrested in Tehran in May by intelligence ministry officials on charges of “crimes against national security”, Middle East Forum for Development (MEFD), a Non-Governmental Organisation based in the United Kingdom, initiated a petition which calls for her immediate and unconditional release.


The ongoing petition has so far received one thousand signatures from people across the globe, including prominent Iranian human rights activists, artists and journalists, and has been attached to this letter for your review. Here is a link to the on-line petition: Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran: Secure the release of Narges Mohammadi


Despite Iranian officials claiming that they “do not jail people for their opinions”, Ms Mohammadi, who has a track record in human rights activities, has been imprisoned by authorities on trumped up charges in order to have her convicted of serious offences.


On behalf of all the supporters of this petition, I request you, in your capacity as the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran, to undertake all the necessary measures which could persuade the Iranian authorities to uphold the core international human rights treaties and result in the immediate and unconditional release of Narges Mohammadi.




Yours sincerely,


Mosa Zahed

Executive Director

Middle East Forum for Development




Cc: Ms Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission




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