Observatory Issues Statement in Support of Jelve Javaheri

Thursday 13 December 2007

Change for Equality: The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint program of the International Federation for Human Rights and the World Organization Against Torturen (OMCT) has issued an urgent statement in the case of Jelve Javaheri, an active member of the One Million Signatures Campaign, arrested on December 1, 2007, on charges related to her writings on the site of the Campaign and other activities within this effort designed to promote women\’s rights and equality under the law. The statement issued by the Observatory follows:


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IRN 014 / 1207 / OBS 157

Arbitrary detention / Judicial proceedings


December 5, 2007

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint
programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and
the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent
intervention in the following situation in *Iran*.

*Brief description of the situation:***

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources of the arrest and
subsequent detention of Ms. *Jelveh Javaheri*, another women\’s rights
activist involved in the \"One Million Signatures\" petition campaign as
well as a journalist and an active contributor of the website of the
campaign, which seeks to put pressure on the Iranian legislators in
order to withdraw provisions that have adverse effects on women\’s human

According to the information received, on December 1, 2007, Ms. Jelveh
Javaheri was summoned for questioning to the security branch of the
Revolutionary Court in Tehran. She spent several hours in interrogation,
and subsequently charged with \"disruption of public opinion\",
\"propaganda against the state\", and \"publication of lies\" on the website
of the One Million Signatures Campaign. She has since been transferred
to Evin Prison\’s Public Ward 3, where she remains detained.

The Observatory expresses its deep concern about the increasing
repression of the Iranian authorities against human rights defenders, in
particular women\’s rights activists involved in the One Million
Signatures Campaign, and recalls that more than 100 women\’s rights
activists have been arrested, interrogated, or sentenced in the past two
years and the government has raised over one million Euros by
imprisoning the activists and releasing them on high bail.

The Observatory further wishes to insist on the fact that Iran had
committed to \"uphold the highest standards in the promotion and
protection of human rights\"[1] by
presenting its candidacy to the Human Rights Council 2006 election and
had insisted in this regard on the fact that the country had
\"continuously put great efforts into safeguarding the status and
inherent dignity of the human person as well as the promotion and
protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms\"[2]
. In order to ensure the continuation of
these efforts, the Observatory urges the Islamic Republic of Iran to
conform with international human rights standards.

*Actions requested:***

Please write to the authorities in Iran urging them to:

i. Guarantee in all circumstances the physical and psychological
integrity of Ms. Jelveh Javaheri as well as all activists engaged in the
\"One Million Signatures\" campaign;

ii. Release Ms. Jelveh Javaheri immediately and unconditionally* since*
her detention is arbitrary as it merely aims at sanctioning her
activities in favour of women\’s human rights;

iii. Drop all arbitrary charges against all women\’s rights defenders
involved in the \"One million signatures\" campaign;

iv. Put an end to all acts of harassment, including at the judicial
level, against Iranian human rights defenders;

v. Conform with the provisions of the UN Declaration on Human Rights
Defenders, adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on
December 9, 1998, especially its Article 1, which states that \"everyone
has the right, individually and in association with others, to promote
and to strive for the protection and realisation of human rights and
fundamental freedoms at the national and international levels\", Article
6.b, which provides that \"everyone has the right, individually and in
association with others [...] freely to publish, impart or disseminate
to others views, information and knowledge on all human rights and
fundamental freedoms\", and Article 12.2, which provides that \"the State
shall take all necessary measures to ensure the protection by the
competent authorities of everyone, individually and in association with
others, against any violence, threats, retaliation, de facto or de jure
adverse discrimination, pressure or any other arbitrary action as a
consequence of his or her legitimate exercise of the rights referred to
in the present Declaration\";

vi. More generally, ensure in all circumstances the respect for human
rights and fundamental freedoms in accordance with the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights and with international and regional human
rights instruments ratified by Iran.


• Leader of the Islamic Republic, His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed Ali
Khamenei, The Office of the Supreme Leader, Shoahada Street, Qom,
Islamic Republic of Iran, Faxes: + 98.21.649.5880 / 21.774.2228, Email: / /;

• President, His Excellency Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Presidency,
Palestine Avenue, Azerbaijan Intersection, Tehran, Islamic Republic of
Iran, Fax: + 98.21.649.5880, E-mail:;

• Head of the Judiciary, His Excellency Mr. Mahmoud Hashemi Shahrudi,
Ministry of Justice, Park-e Shahr, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran,
Fax: +98.21.879.6671 / +98 21 3 311 6567 / +98 21 3 390 4986, Email: /;

• Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Mr. Manuchehr Motaki,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Abdolmajid Keshk-e Mesri Av, Tehran,
Islamic Republic of Iran, Fax: + 98.21.390.1999, Email:;

• 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

• Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Chemin du
Petit-Saconnex 28, 1209 Geneva, Switzerland, Fax: +41 22 7330203, Email:;

• Ambassador Mr. Ahani, Embas


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