IRAN: Two journalists and women’s rights defenders, Maryam Hosseinkhah (f) and Jelveh Javaheri (f) detained for their...

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The Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN protests the detention of journalists and women’s rights defenders Maryam Hosseinkhah and Jelveh Javaheri on 18 November 2007 and 1 December 2007 respectively for their articles posted online. PEN seeks guarantees of their well-being, and urges that whilst detained they are granted access to their lawyers, family and any necessary medical care. International PEN considers Maryam Hosseinkhah and Jelveh Javaheri to be detained in violation of Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Iran is a signatory, and calls for their immediate and unconditional release.

According to Amnesty International, Maryam Hosseinkhah and Jelveh Javaheri, both journalists and women’s rights defenders, were arrested on 18 November and 1 December 2007 respectively when they reported to a branch of the Revolutionary Court in the capital, Tehran, for questioning. Other members of a women's rights campaign report that they have both been accused of ‘disturbing public opinion’, ‘propaganda against the system’ and ‘publication of lies’ in connection with articles posted on the Internet.

Maryam Hosseinkhah and Jelveh Javaheri are both active members of the Campaign for Equality, which aims to collect a million signatures in support of an end to legislation which discriminates against women. Hosseinkhah is one of the editors of the campaign’s website (http://www.we4change.info/), and Javaheri is a regular contributor of articles to the site. Javaheri has also written extensively on women's issues elsewhere. Hosseinkhah is also a member of the Women’s Cultural Centre, a women’s organization founded in 2001 to promote women’s human and political rights in Iran. Several days before her summons, the website of the WCC was shut down on the orders of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance and the Judiciary.

Both women are detained in Section 3 of Tehran's Evin Prison, an open section which is used to hold those convicted of non-violent crimes and where other women’s rights activists were previously held.

Maryam Hosseinkhah and Jelveh Javaheri were among 33 women arrested on 4 March 2007 while protesting at the trial of five women's rights activists. They were released four days later (see previous alerts).

RECOMMENDED ACTION Please send appeals:

· Protesting the detention of journalists and women’s rights defenders Maryam Hosseinkhah (f) and Jelveh Javaheri, solely for their online writings in support of women’s rights; · Calling for their immediate and unconditional release in accordance with Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

APPEALS TO:

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic

His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei,

The Office of the Supreme Leader Islamic Republic Street – Shahid Keshvar Doust Street Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran.

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Head of the Judiciary

His Excellency Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi

Ministry of Justice,

Panzdah Khordad (Ark) Square, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran.

Fax: +00 98 21 3390 4986

Email: [email protected] (mark ‘FAO Ayatollah Shahroudi’ in the subject line).

Salutation:

Your Excellency

Minister of Intelligence

Gholam Hossein

Mohseni Ejeie

Ministry of Intelligence,

Second Negarestan Street, Pasdaran Avenue, Tehran Islamic Republic of Iran.

Director, Human Rights Headquarters of Iran His Excellency Mohammad Javad Larijani

C/o Office of the Deputy for International Affairs Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Justice Building, Panzdah-Khordad (Ark) Square,

Tehran,

Islamic Republic of Iran

Fax: + 98 21 5 537 8827 (please keep trying)

COPIES TO:

President:

His Excellency Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

The Presidency, Palestine Avenue, Azerbaijan Intersection,

Tehran,

Islamic Republic of Iran

Fax: +00 98 216 649 5880

Email: [email protected] via website: http://www.president.ir/email/

If possible please send a copy of your appeal to the diplomatic representative for Iran in your country.

***Please check with this office if sending appeals after 31 December 2007***

For further information please contact

Cathy McCann at International PEN Writers in Prison Committee,

Brownlow House, 50/51 High Holborn, London WC1V 6ER,

Tel.+ 44 (0) 20 7405 0338,

Fax: +44 (0) 20 7405 0339,

email: [email protected]