Free Iranian Net Citizen Bahman Tafazoli, Jailed Since February For Facebook Activism
- UN, Ban Ki-Moon, OHCHR, Navi Pillay, Ahmed Shaheed, EU, European Parliament, State Department
HRANA News Agency May 29, 2014 – Bahman Tafazoli was arrested and has been detained in Dehdasht’s prison since February due to his activities in Facebook.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), A Dehdashti resident, Bahman Tafazoli, was detained by the IRGC (Revolutionary Guards) Intelligence after being summoned to the intelligence headquarters of IRGC due to his activities in Facebook, on February 20, 2014.
According to his relatives, he was sent to Gachsaran prison and currently he is kept there. But his status and his current conditions are not known.
In addition, the news about arrests of three other residents of Dehdasht, Afshin Zemanati, Reza Tejareh and Davood Afrooz was published through virtual networks. They were arrested because of political activities on cyberspace.
Dehdasht is a city in Kohkiloeieh and Boyerahmad province.
WHEREAS: The arrest and months-long detention of Iranian net citizen Bahman Tafazoli solely for social activism on Facebook is only one of a virtual onslaught of such arrests in recent months;
AND WHEREAS: Such arrests, and the harsh prison sentences being handed down to cyber activists in Iran, are a flagrant violation of Article 18, Section 1, of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; AND Article 19, Sections 1 & 2 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (to which Iran is a signatory) as well as Article 24 of the Iranian Constitution;
AND WHEREAS: Bahman Tafazoli is clearly a prisoner of conscience whose arrest and ongoing detention are illegal under both international and Iranian law;
THEREFORE: We, the undersigned, demand that the international community at all levels bring ALL PRESSURE to bear upon the Islamic Republic of Iran to IMMEDIATELY and UNCONDTIONALLY release Bahman Tafazoli and all other imprisoned net citizens, and to drop all charges brought against them.
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