Saturday, May 13, 2006

Please don't let history repeat itself.

Dear Friends it was very shocking news for me once i learned one more writer is facing risk of life in Iran. I request all of you to show up at the vigil for Iranian scholor. Vigil for the imprisoned Canadian-Iranian Scholar Ramin JahanbeglooThe ad-hoc committee for the freedom of Ramin Jahanbegloo asks all Canadians togather on Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 4:00pm in front of OISE, 252 Bloor St. West(right next to St. George subway station), to demand the immediate release ofthis Canadian-Iranian academic currently held in Iran?s Evin prison.Iranian-Canadian academic, Ramin Jahanbegloo, was arrested on 27 April atTehran's MehrabadAirport. He is now believed to be held incommunicado in EvinPrison, in Tehran, where he is at risk of torture or ill-treatment.The Canadian government is believed to be making representations on his behalf.However, Zahra Kazemi, another Canadian-Iranian national, died in custody inhospital in June 2003 allegedly as a result of torture after being detained inEvin Prison. To date, no one has been brought to justice in connection with herdeath.Amnesty International, PEN Canada, and his colleagues in Canadian and Europeanuniversities are extremely concerned over the arrest and detention of RaminJahanbegloo and demands that he be released immediately and unconditionally.Please visit the following web page for updates on his recent arrest andcurrent situation:

We also call on Iranian government to disclose the reasons for his arrest. Wealso seek assurances that Jahanbegloo not be tortured while in custody and thathe receives any medical attention that may be required.