Call by nine political prisoners in Iran
Nine political prisoners in Iran have in a statement called for pressure to be put on the Islamic regime in Iran to release Behnam Ebrahimzadeh so he can be with his son Nima who is severely ill with cancer. The regime has put Behnam Ebrahimzadeh in prison for over two years for supporting workers and children. Nima is only 14 years old, and his dad has been in prison since he was 11. Nima is lying in hospital; however, the criminal regime is not letting his dad to be by his side. In the mean time, Ebrahimzadeh’s family are in difficult circumstances trying to meet the cost of Nima’s medicine and treatment. By not allowing Behnam to visit his son, the Islamic regime is torturing not only Behnam, who is a political prisoner, but also 14-year old Nima, who has endured the pain of not seeing his dad for the past three years.
Keeping Behnam in jail is a monstrous crime. We must put pressure on the Islamic Republic regime through a worldwide campaign to immediately release Behnam. Behnam’s only crime is to have defended the rights of children and workers. We support the solemn call by the political prisoners in Iran, and in turn call on everyone, on political parties, trade unions, social media activists, the media, youth, children’s rights defenders and all human rights organisations in Iran and around the world to support this call and put pressure on this inhuman regime to free Behnam Ebrahimzadeh.
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10 January 2013
Letter by nine political prisoners from Rajaee Shahr Prison, Iran:
It is Behnam’s certain right to be given leave to visit his loved one who is ill
We a group of political prisoners in Rajaee Shahr Prison have been informed that Nima, the 14-year old and only son of labour activist Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, who is serving a five-year sentence, is ill in hospital, suffering from cancer. Nima’s doctors have said that emotionally Nima desperately needs his father to be at his side for the treatment to be effective. However, the Prison officials, with the complicity of the Ministry of Intelligence, are refusing to give Behnam leave so he can visit his beloved son, while according to existing laws this is Behnam’s absolute right, especially as his loved one is in such grave circumstances.
While condemning this inhuman action of the Islamic Republic regime, we call on all international organisations and all those who care for freedom to step up their pressure on the regime in every way they can so it grants leave for Behnam. Behnam’s only crime is to have fought for the rights of the working class, the right to organise, the right to strike, and to have defended homeless working children. Behnam is a dad in prison, who has not embraced his only son in years, and now his son is dangerously ill and under chemotherapy.
Vahid Ardalani, Reza Dehghani, Afshin Enayatian, Afshin Osanloo, Shahrokh Zamani, Ali Jabbari, Firooz Mansoori, Misagh Yazdan-nezhad, Saleh Kohandel
9 January 2013