Iran: arrest followed by an enforced disappearance of poet

RAN 01/18 – 22 January 2018

PEN International condemns the enforced disappearance of poet Mohammad  Bamm who was arrested by members of the Iranian security forces on 31  December 2017 while on his way home in the city of Abadan, Iran. Bamm  was arrested along with his friend who was released after a short  time. To date, Bamm is still being detained incommunicado with no  access to his lawyer or his family. Bamm was previously detained in  2017 on politically-motivated charges which are “propaganda against  the Islamic Republic of Iran” and “blasphemy”.

PEN is deeply concerned about Bamm’s safety and physical integrity,  and believes that his detention and the charges against him are solely  related to the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of  expression. PEN calls for the full respect of Bamm’s rights as a  detainee and to unconditionally release him. PEN also calls for the  immediate and unconditional release of all other writers currently  detained in Iran in connection with the 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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Please send appeals:
§  Calling for the immediate and unconditional release of poet Mohammad Bamm;
§  Urging the Iranian authorities to ensure that he has full access to  family visits, legal representation and adequate medical care whilst  detained;
§  Urging them to end the prosecution and drop all charges against Bamm;
§  Calling for the immediate and unconditional release of all other  writers currently detained in Iran solely in connection with the  peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression and assembly.
Appeals to:

Leader of the Islamic Republic
Grand 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: ‘.((strlen(‘’)>40) ? substr(‘’,0,40).’…’ : ‘’).’
Twitter: @khamenei_ir English-language account), @Khamenei_ar  (Arabic-language), @Khamenei_es (Spanish-language account).

Head of the Judiciary
Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani
c/o Public Relations Office
Number 4, Deadend of 1 Azizi – Vali Asr Street
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

President of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Hassan Rouhani
Pasteur Street, Pasteur Square
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Email: media [at] rouhani [dot] ir
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Twitter: @HassanRouhani (English) and
@Rouhani_ir (Persian)