Friday, 27 March 2009

Farzad Kamangar: New risks and uncertainties

[2009-03-09] Farzad Kamangar: New risks and uncertainties
EI has been informed that Farzad Kamangar (who was sentenced to death on February 25, 2008 on “absolutely zero evidence” according to his lawyer) has been retransferred from Rajaiee Shahr prison to the section 204 of Tehran’s Evin prison. EI is worried about this last development as the reason of this transfer is unclear.

Kamangar’s physical and psychological well-being is another matter of concern. Since the beginning of his detention in July 2006, his physical condition has severely worsened due to the ill-treatment he suffered and the bad sanitary conditions of the wards where he has been detained. He is currently suffering from a serious oral infection which requires all his teeth to be removed.

EI urges the Iranian authorities once again to re-examine the case of Farzad Kamangar through a fair trial complying with the Iranian and international standards. EI also urges the authorities to commute Farzad Kamangar’s death sentence immediately, as no judicial system should run the risk of killing an innocent person. EI also urges the authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran to take all appropriate measures so that no detainee be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

EI will continue to monitor Farzad Kamangar’s case closely and looks forward to engaging in a dialogue with the authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran while simultaneously holding them to high standards of respect for human and trade union rights.

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