Take action: Iranian Man to Be Blinded with Acid by the regime

Posted on May 13, 2011

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Dear Reader,

I hope You are having a great end of the week!

Down below is an appeal about a terrible crime the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran is going to commit in about 48 hours. You can act to stop that violation by sending the letter below to these decision makers and media:

UN Officials and Heads of Government
npillay@ohchr.org, urgent-action@ohchr.org, inquiries@un.org, info_leader@leader.ir, sg@un.org, m@minbuza.nl, beatriz.lorenzo@maec.es, michael.spindelegger@bmeia.gv.at, bernard.kouchner@diplomatie.gouv.fr, guido.westerwelle@auswaertiges-amt.de, minister@dfa.ie, registrator@foreign.ministry.se, info@eda.admin.ch, Cannon.L@parl.gc.ca, haguew@parliament.uk, legalizar@itamaraty.gov.br, pm@pm.gc.ca, kab.bz@diplobel.fed.be, external@utn.stjr.is, gabinetto@cert.esteri.it, stewartkb@state.gov, wgad@ohchr.org, s.s.ali@warwick.ac.uk, avaei@Dadgostary-tehran.ir

Foreign Ministries and the US State Department
michael.spindelegger@bmeia.gv.at, kab.bz@diplobel.fed.be, info@mvp.gov.ba, iprd@mfa.government.bg, imprensa@itamaraty.gov.br, ministar@mvpei.hr, minforeign1@mfa.gov.cy, podatelna@mzv.cz, udenrigsministeren@um.dk, vminfo@vm.ee, umi@formin.fi, bernard.kouchner@diplomatie.gouv.fr, inform@mfa.gov.ge, guido.westerwelle@auswaertiges-amt.de, gpapandreou@parliament.gr, titkarsag.konz@kum.hu, external@utn.stjr.is, minister@dfa.ie, gabinetto@cert.esteri.it, segreteria.frattini@esteri.it, mfa.cha@mfa.gov.lv, tonio.borg@gov.mt, secdep@mfa.md, post@mfa.no, DNZPC.Sekretariat@msz.gov.pl, senec@mne.gov.pt, pm@pm.gov.pt, msp@mfa.rs, miguel.moratinos@maec.es, registrator@foreign.ministry.se, info@eda.admin.ch

Media
nightline@abcnews.com, evening@cbsnews.com, earlyshow@cbs.com, 60m@cbsnews.com, 48hours@cbsnews.com, ftn@cbsnews.com, info@cnbc.com, dateline@nbcuni.com, hardball@msnbc.com, joe@msnbc.com, nightly@nbc.com, today@nbc.com, newshour@pbs.org, ombudsman@npr.org, city@thestar.ca, readers.rep@latimes.com, letters@latimes.com, letters@nytimes.com, Bruce.Wallace@latimes.com, Mark.McGonigle@latimes.com, news-tips@nytimes.com, foreign@nytimes.com, nytnews@nytimes.com, editor@usatoday.com, wsj.ltrs@wsj.com, letters@washpost.com, ombudsman@washpost.com, letters@newsweek.com, letters@time.com, letters@usnews.com, info@ap.org, tips@upi.com, red@berlingske.dk, redaktion@faz.de, redactie@volkskrant.nl, ole.erik.almlid@aftenposten.no, bjorn.hedensjo@dn.se, redaktion@tages-anzeiger.ch, foreign.news@thetimes.co.uk, robert.tait@guardian.co.uk, simon.jeffery@guardian.co.uk, redazione.tg5@mediaset.it, redazione.studioapertorm@mediaset.it, skytg24.redazione@skytv.it, segreteria_roma@repubblica.it, roma@lastampa.it, esteri@liberazione.it, segreteria@unita.it, lorenzocairoli@hotmail.com, redazione@ilmanifesto.it, nadiapizzuti@gmail.com, nadia.pizzuti@ansa.it

Write Iranian Man to Be Blinded with Acid as Punishment in Less than 48 Hours or something similar in the subject line.

Thanx in advance!

Dear Decisionmaker,

It is with great concern for the safety of Majid Movahedi, an Iranian man, that I contact You.

In less than 48 hours Iran is set to once again violate international obligations, including the prohibition against torture. According to reports from the country’s state media, Majid Movahedi, has been fined and will be blinded with acid on Saturday for inflicting the same cruel and inhumane punishment in 2004 on Ameneh Bahrami, a woman who had declined his marriage proposals. Since the incident, Ameneh Bahrami has undergone several medical operations on her face and eyes.

A court in Tehran had issued Majid Movahedi’s qesas (retribution) sentence in November 2008 and the Iranian Supreme Court upheld the verdict in February 2009. He is scheduled to be blinded in both eyes by ten drops of sulphuric acid at Tehran’s Dadgostari hospital. The reports state that Ameneh Bahrami is to drip the acid into Majid’s eyes herself, however, there will also be specialists on standby to carry out the act in case she declines.

Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of the Iran Human Rights group has strongly condemned the retribution verdict. “The international community must not let this barbaric punishment to happen…Leaders of the Iranian regime should be held responsible for the grotesque punishment of dripping acid in Majid’s eyes. By letting Ameneh conduct the punishment the Iranian authorities want to put the blame for this inhumane act on her shoulders,” he said.

The Norwegian government has also taken quick action by issuing a statement to condemn the imminent punishment. “Blinding with acid is a cruel punishment procedure that is not worthy of a civilized society…We strongly encourage Iran to stop the implementation of such an inhuman punishment,” said State Secretary Gry Larsen.

The Norwegian government added that since the victim is required to carry out the punishment, the act is considered a violation of the “principle that criminal conduct is the state’s responsibility.”

Qesas, or an eye-for-an-eye, is considered fair punishment by the Islamic Republic of Iran’s government who justifies acts of terror by repeating the same on the perpetrator, instead of finding effective methods to prevent or decrease the root of the problem: violence against women. Iran’s discriminatory gender laws allow men to commit violent acts against women without fearing clear and consistent consequences.

Regarding the discriminatory laws against women in Iran, Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam said, “By being a woman, Ameneh is also a victim of the Iranian regime’s gender apartheid politics. Iranian authorities encourage violence against women. According to the Iranian laws, a woman who is not covered properly can be lashed up to 74 times, so the authorities are also responsible for the growing violence against women in the Iranian society, like Ameneh’s case.”

As a defender of Human Rights I urge State officials and the media to take quick action to stop the retribution punishment for Majid Movahedi to prevent another act against humanity from occurring in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Yours Sincerely,

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