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UN, OHCHR, Ahmed Shaheed, EP Parliament, EU, State Department, Amnesty, HRW

Ali (Amir) Amirgholi, a dismissed student of the Islamic Azad University of Ghazvin, Iran, was sentenced to 21 years in jail at Branch 15 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Tehran chaired by the infamous Judge Abolghasem Salavati.

Amirgholi was arrested in the street by security forces under a warrant of Branch 6 of the Ghods Court on December 1, 2014. Officials had taken him to his father's house and seized his personal belongings such as his laptop, cell phone and the hard disc of his PC. He was finally transferred to Ward 8 after enduring about two months of intense interrogation while held in solitary confinement of Evin Prison's Ward 209.

Branch 6 of the Evin court, chaired by Amin Naseri, had accused him on the vague charges of "assembly and collusion against national security", "blasphemy", "insulting the Supreme Leader of Iran", "propaganda against the regime of Iran". He suffers from Pancreas disorders, his relatives said.

The leftist activist had previously been arrested and taken to the Evin prison on August 30, 2007, after taking apart on the anniversary of the massacre of political prisoners in Khavaran. He had reportedly served 16 days in solitary confinements at the Islamic Republic chambers. He was also arrested in September 2014 for peaceful participation in a protest demonstration.
SOURCE: Boroujerdi Civil Rights Group

WHEREAS: Ali (Amir) Amirgholi has been sentenced solely for his peaceful political activism and is therefore a prisoner of conscience;

AND WHEREAS: The draconian 21-year prison sentence is therefore ILLEGAL under Articles 18 and 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights--to which Iran is a signatory--as well as Article 24 of the Iranian Constitution;

THEREFORE: We, the undersigned, demand that the international community bring all possible pressure upon the Islamic Republic of Iran to IMMEDIATELY and UNCONDITIONALLY reverse this draconian and ILLEGAL prison sentence and drop all charges

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The Free Iranian Activist Ali (Amir) Amirgholi, Sentenced To 21 Years in Prison petition to UN, OHCHR, Ahmed Shaheed, EP Parliament, EU, State Department, Amnesty, HRW was written by John S. Burke and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition.