Saturday, 12 December 2009

Balochistan Human Rights Activists Association:Appeal to free Ebrahim Mehrnehad

Mr Ebrahim Mehrnehad is the younger brother of late Mr Ya'qoub Mehrnehad a well known Baloch journalist, blogger and human rights activist who was executed on 2008. Ebrahim Mehrnehad was arrested in March 2008 when he was 16, since last twenty months Ebrahim Mehrnehad has been held in Zahedan Central jail the province of Balochistan, Iran and in Kerman jail without access to lawyers or his family. Ebrahim was arrested because he continued in the same path as his brother to high light human right situation in balochistan.

He was sentenced to 5 years of prison in a secret and unfair trial conducted by Iranian authorities in Zahedan city on charges of acting against national security and spreading so called anti-government propaganda. The same charges were used to convict his brother, Ya'qoub Mehrnehad to death, who was later executed.

This is yet another in a long string of repressive actions by the Iranian regime against Baloch people.

Balochistan Human Rights Activists Association (BHRAA) appeal to Ms Navanethem Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Margaret Sekaggya, Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, and Working Group on Arbitrary Detention urge Iran to immediately release Mr. Mehrnehad from prison. We in the BHRAA highly appreciate any action taken by the international human rights bodies. We also believe that these actions will have positive effects.

Sincerely yours,

Masoud Baloch

Balochistan Human Rights Activists Association

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