نامه ای به امضای ۲۶ تن از دانشگاهیان، روزنامه نگاران، کوشندگان سیاسی و حقوق بشر به وزیر امور خارجه کانادا، آقای جان برد ارسال شده که در آن توجه ایشان را به تداوم نقض حقوق بشر در ایران به ویژه در ارتباط با وضعیت وخیم سلامتی زندانی سیاسی حشمت الله طبرزدی جلب کرده اند و خواستار آن شده اند که کانادا با دیگر همراهان بین المللی اش بر جمهوری اسلامی فشار آورده تا امکانات درمانی مناسب برای او فراهم کند.
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TO: The Hon. John Baird Minister of Foreign Affairs
CC: Hon Jack Layton, Leader of the Official Opposition
CC: Hon Bob Rae; Leader of the Third Party
CC: Hon Jason T. Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism
We, the undersigned, would like to congratulate the Canadian Government and particularly your ministry for the recent action on intensifying restrictions against those individuals who are linked to Human Rights abuses in Iran. We would also like to draw your attention to a developing tragedy in an Iranian jail, namely the case of Mr. Heshmatollah Tabarzadi. He is suffering from complications related to his heart and has recently had several heart attacks in jail, according to news from Rajai-Shahr Prison and his family members. His request to be transferred to a medical centre been denied and his health condition is deteriorating by the day.
Heshmatollah Tabarzadi, aged 53, is a journalist, political activist, leader of the banned Democratic Front of Iran and a proponent of Secular Democracy and non-violence. He has been in prison for 10 out of the past 14 years for opposing the theocratic system. The last time he was arrested was on 27 December 2009. He has stated several times since then that he has been beaten and threatened with rape during his detention and has been under immense pressure to make forced confession.
We urgently request that the Canadian Government take some swift measures to engage the international community in holding the Islamic Republic of Iran responsible for the health of Mr. Tabarzadi, ensuring his immediate access to professional medical care and allowing him fair legal process.
More generally, the situation of political prisoners in Iran is a humanitarian catastrophe. In the absence of immediate and effective measures, the world community may be inundated by horrific news from Iranian prisons in the near future. The recent example of Reza Hoda Saber’s death should be taken as a grave warning. Reza Hoda Saber was facing some medical problems due to a prolonged hunger strike in prison. Instead of being granted access to medical care he was beaten by prison guards and later died due to heart failure.
We thank you in advance for your attention to Mr. Tabarzadi’s case and anticipate the appropriate measures by the Canadian Government.
- Mehrdad Hariri, University Health Network, Toronto
- Arsalan Kahnemuyipour, University of Toronto
- Ramin Jahanbegloo, University of Toronto
- Nazanin Afshin-Jam, International Human Rights Activist
- Lily Pourzand, Human Rights activist, Toronto
- Shahram Kholdi, PhD Candidate, University of Manchester
- Ali Sharifian, Journalist, Shahrvand Publications, Toronto
- Mohammad Tajdolati, Journalist, Toronto
- Gloria Yazdani, Independent Artist & Human-Rights Activist, Toronto
- Ali Vakili, Entrepreneur, Toronto
- Mehrdad Loghmani, Toronto
- Abbas Azadian, Psyhiatrist, Toronto
- Ata Hoodashtian, Management Institute of Montreal
- Ali Sartipi, Toronto
- Ahmad Machouf, medecin retraité, Montreal
- Elahé Chokraie, nurse retraitée, Montreal
- Anousheh Mashouf, Psychologue, Montreal
- Roberto Godoy, Architect, Montreal
- Rahim Rezaei, Post-doc Fellow, Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada, Toronto
- Mahdi, Mobedi, Political activist, Toronto
- Farrokh Zandi, Professor, York University, Toronto
- Ali R. Paknezhad, Montreal
- Leila Mojtahedi, Journalist, Toronto
- Farah Taheri, Journalist, Shahrvand Publications, Toronto
- Nasrin Almasi, Editor, Shahrvand publications, Toronto
- Hassan Zerehi, Chief Editor, Shahrvand publications, Toronto