August 29, 2012

Open Letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations by Kazemeini Boroujerdi’s family

The Honorable UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon:
As the primary person charged with defending the rights of people around the world, greetings to you. Mr. Seyed Hossein Kazemi Boroujerdi is an independent, non-political Iranian religious leader in Iran. He has been imprisoned by the country’s so-called Islamic government for 7 years for teaching religious tolerance and the separation of religion from government.
Throughout his imprisonment, he has been denied all medical treatment, including any medical leave or access to any medical facilities. He lives under enormous stresses, including continuing physical and mental torture in special areas set aside for torture and murder in the dreaded secret prisons of the Islamic Republic of Iran. He now suffers from serious disease, made much worse by the denial of needed medicines and medical treatment. The government continues to deny him all meaningful medical care. They are clearly and deliberately slowly killing him in order to silence the voice of this liberal dissident‘s voice.
Mr. Kazemeini Boroujerdi has sent many letters to your Excellency on behalf of the oppressed people of Iran and presented many of their petitions. You are the highest leader of the most important international institution of law and human rights in the world, and you also have an independent position to participate in the Summit of Non-Aligned Nations. Since you have repeatedly shown your respect for the freedom of political and religious thought and speech, I request that you thoroughly investigate the situation of the oppressed and defenseless Iranians inside and outside the country, with the goal of stopping the cruel injustice under which they are forced to live and die. We have grave concerns for the life of Mr. Boroujerdi and therefore request that you, during your trip to Iran to participate in the 16th summit of Non-Aligned Nations, personally and closely investigate the plight of Iranian prisoners, including visiting Mr. Boroujerdi in Evin Prison. And please carefully consider the complaints of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience about violations of their human rights.
Best regards,
Family of Mr. Kazemeini Boroujerdi
Political and Religious Prisoner of Conscience

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