Canadian Friends of Democratic Iran has called on Canadian Friends of Democratic Iran to take urgent action to free Iranian political prisoner Ali Moezzi “who reportedly was taken to an unknown location on January 4, following a scheduled family visit.”
“The Iranian authorities have said they had taken Mr. Moezzi to outside of the prison but they were unaware about his situation,” the Canadian NGO said in a letter to Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
“Our NGO has followed with great concern the state of human dignity in Iran for past several years We have great concerns about the Iranian authorities’ treatment of and trumped up charges against political prisoners. The Iranian regime is known to have made new charges against political prisoners whose sentences were over and were supposed to be released. The prime example of such extra-judicial killing and mass executions was the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988 by Khomeini’s fatwa while many of those prisoners either had completed their sentences or were serving their sentences. The reports from Mr. Moezzi’s family and political prisoners in Gohardasht prison where Mr. Moezzi was being held are alarming,” the letter added.
The letter signed by David Kilgour, co-chair of Canadian Friends of Democratic Iran, urged OHCHR to “take urgent action and to demand that the Iranian authorities release Mr. Moezzi immediately and to relieve his family and us from this anxiety.”