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

Reza Sharifi Bukani was arrested in May of 2010 in an internet café in Tehran. He was primarily charged with “enmity against God” and “corruption on Earth” and was sentenced to death. His sentence was later reduced to 30 years in jail, and in a final review of the case, he was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison.

Reza Sharifi Bukani was under several physical and psychological torture during the time of his detention, and despite the completion of his interrogation he was still under intense pressure for TV confession. During all that time the Tehran prosecutor opposed any bail for him and kept him in detention, beside the judiciary system provided no clear answer on this vague point of having this prisoner tried on two separate cases at the same time.

In a message written for the Iranian New Year in March 2012, Reza Sharifi Bukani reminds the public that hundreds of political prisoners will spend Norooz away from their families in “the dark cells” of the Islamic Republic.

In a letter that reached Zamaneh today, Sharifi Bukani writes: “As a political prisoner behind bars for over two years in Rejaishahr Prison in Karaj, I have no visitation rights. I am not allowed any furloughs or even the right to phone my family.”

Reza Sharifi Bukani writes that the Islamic Republic has no regard for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights or human dignity. “Today, for the crime of expressing our opinions and defending liberty, democracy and human rights, together with hundreds of other political prisoners, we have to celebrate Norooz away from our families in the dark cells of the regime.”

Sharifi Bukani also speaks out against the death sentences handed to other prisoners such as Shirkouh Moarefi, Habibollah Golparipour and Shirkouh Malekpour, and urges the public to lend its support to the families of prisoners sentenced to death.

We, the undersigned, demand that the international community bring all possible pressure to bear upon the Islamic Republic of Iran to secure the immediate and unconditional release of Iranian Kurdish prisoner of conscience Reza Sharifi Bukani.

We also demand that the Islamic Republic authorities dismiss all charges brought against him, as they are illegal under the terms of Articles 18 and 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a signatory state, as well as Article 24 of the Iranian Constitution.

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The Free Iranian Kurdish Prisoner of Conscience Reza Sharifi Bukani petition to Ahmed Shaheed, UN, UNHCHR, State Department, EU, Navi Pillay, Ban Ki-Moon, European Parliament was written by John S. Burke and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition.