IRAN: Journalist released on bail after three months of detention.

14 November 2014RAN 12/14 Update#1

Journalist Saba Azarpeik was released on bail on 20 August 2014. She had been held since 28 May 2014, at an undisclosed location. It was reported that during her detention she was in a bad physical and psychological condition. PEN International welcomes her release, but continues to call for any charges against her solely relating to her peaceful exercise of her right to freedom of expression to be dropped, and for an investigation into reports of ill-treatment in detention. PEN also calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all other writers currently detained in Iran in connection with their peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression and assembly, in accordance with Articles 9, 19 and 21 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a state party.

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  • Welcoming the release of journalist Saba Azarpeik, but calling for all charges against her solely related to her peaceful exercise of freedom of expression to be dropped;
  • Calling for the immediate and unconditional release of all other writers currently detained in Iran solely in connection with their peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression and assembly, in accordance with Articles 9,19 and 21 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a state party.

Appeals to:

Leader of the Islamic Republic
Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei
The Office of the Supreme Leader
Islamic Republic Street — End of Shahid
Keshvar Doust Street,
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Email: info_leader [at] leader [dot] ir
Twitter: @khamenei_ir

Background

Saba Azarpeik is a leading independent journalist and political correspondent for the newspaper Etemaad and other reformist publications. She was detained at an undisclosed location on 28 May 2014, and was arrested during a raid on the office of the Tehran-based weekly Tejarat-e Farda, for which Azarpeik is a correspondent. No formal charges against her have been made known.  During her arrest she was allowed to contact her family on only one occasion.

On 21 and 22 July 2014 she appeared in Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court and was said to be in a poor physical and psychological condition, having lost a lot of weight. At the time, there were reports that she had needed treatment for severe back pain.

On 20 August 2014 Saba Azarpeik was released on bail of two billion rials (approximately US$74,000)

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