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

Zoroastrian faith Iranian citizen Mohsen (Bahman) Sadeghipour was detained during the Ashura protests of December 2009 along with his wife Negar Shahpari and his brother in laws Abolfazl and Mohammad Javad Shahpari. They were transferred to Evin Prison.

Mohsen Sadeghipour is the founder of the Iran Zoroastrian Committee

Branch 26 of Tehran Revolutionary Court, under Judge Pirabbasi, tried Mohsen Sadeghipour on charges of "assembly and collusion," "insulting Islamic sanctities," "insulting the Supreme Leader," and "propagating activities against the Islamic Republic regime through propagation of Zoroastrianism and holding Iranian celebrations such as Mehregan and Norooz next to Cyrus tomb," and "disrupting the country's public order," and was sentenced to 4 years and 6 months in prison and 74 lashes and cash fines. Branch 54 of Tehran Appeals Court upheld the sentence in its entirety.

His brother in laws were each sentenced to 2.5 years in prison and 74 lashes.

Sadeghipour’s cousin Mojtaba Ahmadi has also been sentenced to 6 years in prison and has been held in prison since last year without prison visits or prison leaves. He has been sentenced for blasphemy, gathering, conspiracy and anti-regime propaganda.

WHEREAS: Mohsen (Bahman) Sadeghipour is clearly a prisoner of conscience as he is imprisoned solely because he exercised his internationally-recognized freedoms to peaceful activisim and protest, as well as freedom of religion;

AND WHEREAS: His arrest, sentence and continued imprisonment is therefore illegal under Article 18, Section 1, and Article 19, Sections 1 and 2, of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights as well as Article 24 of the Iranian Consitution;

AND WHEREAS: Lashing is a brutal form of torture illegal under multiple international laws;

THEREFORE: We the undersigned demand that the international community bring ALL POSSIBLE PRESSURE to bear upon the Islamic Republic of Iran to IMMEDIATELY and UNCONDTIONALLY release Mohsen (Bahman) Sadeghipour from prison, vacate all parts of his sentence (including prison, lashing and fines) and drop all charges against him.

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The Free Mohsen (Bahman) Sadeghipour, Founder of the Iran Zoroastrian Committee , Sentenced to 4.5 Years, 74 Lashes 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.