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UN, Ban ki-Moon, OHCHR, Navi Pillay, Ahmed Shaheed, State Department, EU, European Parliament

Hesam-Aldin Farzizadeh, an Expelled student in the field of nuclear physics of Mohaghegh University in the city of Ardebil, Iran was reportedly sentenced to death because of writings of his which were critical of Islam. Illegally, he is being denied access to a lawyer.

Hesam, 22, was charged with apostasy, propaganda for "seductive faiths" and blasphemy by the court according to the news received by VOCIR.

Security forces arrested him on 21 Nov 2013 and transferred to the prison of Meshkin Shahr city. The young writer suffers from depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

He is kept in the non-political ward among addicts and gangs because there is no special ward for the prisoners of conscience. The religious critic had frequently begun hunger strikes that led him to lose weight as well.

He has allegedly been accepted to Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

WHEREAS: Hesam-Aldin Farzizadeh has been imprisoned, charged and reportedly sentenced to death solely for his critical writings on religious topics and is therefore a prisoner of conscience;

AND WHEREAS: Sentencing him to death for "apostasy" is therefore not only cruel and unusual, but also ILLEGAL under 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: Even as his life hangs in the balance, he is being illegally denied access to a lawyer;

THEREFORE: We, the undersigned, demand that the international community bring all pressure to bear upon the Islamic Republic of Iran to IMMEDIATELY reverse this death sentence and UNCONDITIONALLY released Mr. Farzizadeh, dropping all charges against him.

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The Free Iranian Student Hesam-Aldin Farzizadeh, Sentenced To Death For Apostasy petition to UN, Ban ki-Moon, OHCHR, Navi Pillay, Ahmed Shaheed, State Department, EU, European Parliament was written by John S. Burke and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition.