Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei
The Office of the Supreme Leader
Islamic Republic Street- End of Shahid Keshvar Doust Street
Islamic Republic of Iran
I am writing to you regarding the case of Mehdi Rajabian, Hossein Rajabian and Yousef Emadi, whose convictions arise solely from the men’s peaceful exercise of their rights to freedom of expression and association through music and film. In 2015 they were arrested, tortured and sentenced to six years in prison for "insulting Islamic sanctities", "spreading propaganda against the system" and "illegal audio-visual activities". Their conviction was upheld by the Court of Appeal in Tehran which stated they must serve three years of their six-year prison sentence and suspended the remaining three years for a period of five years, conditioned on their "good behaviour". No investigation is known to have been ordered into the torture allegations.
I urge you to quash the convictions of Mehdi Rajabian, Hossein Rajabian and Yousef Emadi as they arise solely from the men’s peaceful exercise of their rights to freedom of expression and association through music and film. I would like to remind the Iranian authorities that Articles 19 and 22 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a state party, protect the right to freedoms of expression and association, and also express my deep concern that Revolutionary Court hearings continue to be seriously flawed and do not meet international fair trial standards.
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President, Hassan Rouhani, The Presidency, Pasteur Street, Pasteur Square, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran