- Amnesty International, UN , Human Rights Watch, Ban Ki Moon,
Abbas Amir-Entezam (born 1933) was the spokesman and Deputy Prime Minister in the Interim Cabinet of Mehdi Bazargan in 1979. In 1981 he was sentenced to life imprisonment on charges of spying for the U.S., a charge critics suggest was a cover for retaliation against his early opposition to theocratic government in Iran. He is now "the longest-held political prisoner in the Islamic Republic of Iran".According to Fariba Amini, as of 2006 he has "been in jail for 17 years and in and out of jail for the last ten years, altogether for 27 years.
In 1981, Sadegh Ghotbzadeh, the then Minister of Foreign Affairs, asked Entezam to come back quickly to Tehran via an encrypted message. After coming back to Tehran, he was arrested because of allegations based on some documents retrieved from U.S. embassy takeover, and received life time prison from court. He was released in 1998, but in less than 3 months, he was arrested again because of an interview with Tous daily newspaper, one of the reformist newspapers of the time.
In smuggled letters, Entezam has related that on three separate occasions, he had been taken blindfolded to the execution chamber - once being kept "there two full days while the Imam contemplated his death warrant." He has spent 555 days in solitary confinement, and in cells so "overcrowded that inmates took turns sleeping on the floor - each person rationed to thee hours of sleep every 24 hours." He suffered permanent ear damage, skin disease, and spinal deformities. He has attacked the regimes saying.
Islam is a religion of care, compassion, and forgiveness. This regime makes it a religion of destruction, death, and torture.
As of 2008 and after more than 25 years, Amir-Entezam is still in prison. He has always denied all the allegations that have been put against him in his trial and asks for a retrial.
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We the undersigned request the following:
1) Immediate release of Abbas Amir-Entezam.
2) Islamic republic of Iran must drop all charges against him.
3) The sentence is entirely illegal, Mr Etezam's case shows the flaws and failings of the Iranian legal system.
The barbaric human rights violations carried out by the Iranian regime cannot be allowed to continue. He is now "the longest-held political prisoner in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
We request from the UN Secretary General, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions to submit the file for Iran's crimes against humanity to the UN Security Council to decide on the necessary actions that need to be taken.
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