Japan Helps Iran Murder Activist

My letter on behalf of prominent Iranian dissident and human rights activist Jamal Saberi (Jalal Amanzadeh Nouei) who is being deported from Japan to Iran, in violation of international law.

UPDATE: Jamal has been freed! Thank you to all involved.

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My colleague, Josh Shahryar, wrote:

As Iran continues to intimidate, imprison, torture and hang human rights activists, lawyers, journalists, political activists and ordinary Iranians for opposing it, it is now being aided in its sinister activities by a country that you’d least expect. Japan has started deportation proceedings for Iranian human rights activist Jamal Saberi and might soon deport him back to Tehran to face certain prosecution.

This is the letter that I wrote to the Consulate of Japan. Please write the embassy closest to you:

To the Honorary Consul General of Japan, Mr. Gregory A. Boyko, and the Consulate-General of Japan in Boston,

I am writing you on behalf of prominent Iranian dissident and human rights activist Jamal Saberi (Jalal Amanzadeh Nouei), a resident of Japan for the past 18 years. I understand that he is not a legal resident of Japan, and he is facing deportation, however sending this man back to Iran is likely a death sentence. This would be in violation of Japanese and international law. Japan’s effort to forcibly return Saberi violates the principle of non-refoulement: “no refugee should be returned in any manner whatsoever to any country where he or she would be at risk of persecution.” Japan has signed the Convention and Protocol on the Status of Refugees, where this principle in enshrined.

Mr. Saberi is a well known, vocal, and published critic of the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Iranian regime has a history of imprisoning or executing voices of dissent, and this has never been more true than within the last year.

The Japanese people are a peaceful, honorable people, whom I have always held in the highest regard. Please grant Mr. Saberi refugee status, which he deserves under UN convention, or find another option besides deportation to Iran.

Sincerely,

James Miller

Huffington Post Author, Creator of Dissected News.

French Translation, via Lissnup

A Son Excellence l’Ambassadeur du Japon en France,

Excellence,

Je vous écris pour un dissident iranien de premier plan, militant des droits humains, Monsieur Djamal Sébéri (Djalal Amanzadeh Noueï) qui réside au Japon depuis 18 ans. Je sais qu’il n’a pas de titre de séjour en règle et qu’il est menacé d’extradition ; le renvoyer en Iran, c’est signer son arrêt de mort, ce qui serait une violation des lois nationales japonaises et des lois internationales. La tentative d’extradition de Sabéri viole le principe de non refoulement : « aucun réfugié ne doit être renvoyé dans un pays où il serait en danger de persécution ». Le Japon a signé la convention et le protocole sur le statut de réfugiés où se principe est édicté.

Monsieur Sabéri est célèbre pour critiquer ouvertement le gouvernement de la république islamique d’Iran. Le régime iranien est connu pour avoir emprisonné ou exécuter tout dissident, c’est encore plus vrai aujourd’hui que l’année dernière.

Le peuple japonais est un peuple pacifique et honorable que j’ai toujours tenu dans la plus haute estime. S’il vous plaît, accordez à Monsieur Sabéri le statut de réfugié auquel il a droit selon la convention de l’ONU ou trouvez une solution autre que l’extradition vers l’Iran.

Je vous prie de croire, Excellence, à l’expression de mes salutations les plus respectueuses.

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