#Human Rights
Ahmed Shaheed, UN, UNHCHR, State Department, EU, Navi Pillay, Ban Ki-Moon, European ParliamentRegion

The fate of Nama Jafari, the editor of the 35anj website, remains unknown more than 10 days after his arrest, according to reports from Iran. Jafari, an Iranian poet and blogger, was arrested by security forces in Tehran on February 14.

Jafari had compiled a series of protest poems and other writings about the post-election protests of 2009 under the title "Gathering at the Solitary Cell." He is also reportedly suffering from cancer and is in need of immediate medical treatment.

The opposition group the Coordination Council for the Green Path of Hope had issued a rally call to Iranians to join a silent march on February 14, marking last year's protests on this day and also one year of house arrest for Iranian opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi, Zahra Rahnavard and Mehdi Karroubi.

Security forces lined the streets of Tehran and other major cities on February 14, trying to prevent people from joining the demonstrations. Despite all efforts, some people managed to join scattered gatherings, and an unknown number of protesters were arrested.

A report indicates that 10 of the detainees from that day have begun a hunger strike to protest their situation in prison.

Whereas: Nama Jafari is a poet and blogger, known for peacefully expressing his opposition to the policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran;

Whereas: The protests that occurred on February 14, 2012 are known to have nonviolent, with the only violence coming from the regime agents arresting peaceful protesters;

Whereas, from the above it is clear that Iranian blogger Nama Jafari is a prisoner of conscience--and moreover one reportedly suffering from cancer and in need of medical treatment which the regime's prisons routinely neglect;

THEREFORE, we the undersigned demand that the international community at all levels bring all possible pressure to bear upon the Islamic Republic to secure the IMMEDIATE and UNCONDITIONAL release of Nama Jafari, as well as his unobstructed access to needed medical care.

The Free Iranian Blogger Nama Jafari petition to Ahmed Shaheed, UN, UNHCHR, State Department, EU, Navi Pillay, Ban Ki-Moon, European ParliamentRegion was written by John S. Burke and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition.