Write for Rights 2012/Iran: A husband’s message to activists

The Chair of Iran’s Centre for Human Rights Defenders (CHRD), Narges Mohammadi, has been repeatedly detained for her work. © Amnesty International

Narges Mohammadi, an Iranian human rights activist and a mother of young twins, was sentenced earlier this year to six years in prison on charges related to her human rights work. Right now, thousands of activists are taking part in Write for Rights 2012, appealing to Iran’s authorities to release Narges. Her husband, Taghi Rahmani, sent this message to letter writers worldwide.

Your organization has always been a great support for me and I say that as someone who has spent 14 years of my life behind bars. My wife, Narges Mohammadi and I, as human rights activists, have always been warmed by Amnesty International’s dedication to promoting human rights.

For me, Amnesty International is the symbol of an organization that wants human rights for all people. An organization that, free from any political affiliations, urges governments and other entities to respect human rights.

Such efforts reaffirm that you can still hope that all people, regardless of their colour, race, religion, beliefs and class are entitled to enjoy human rights, wherever in the world they live, because they are all human beings.

Accepting such a role and performing it at a grass roots level is not easy. Your independent advocacy for the rights of all people in all societies, alongside the support of the public and the voluntary activities they undertake, have made you a reputable organization.

Our harsh and violent world needs organizations like yours to reduce the pain and suffering of human beings and wish for a better world for everyone.

As long as you advocate for human rights without discrimination, you will have the admiration of myself, my wife, and other like-minded individuals.

Human rights for everyone and everywhere.

Thank you,
Taghi Rahmani


Posted in Censorship and Free Speech, Human Rights Defenders and Activists, Individuals at Risk, Iran, Middle East And North Africa, Uncategorized | Tagged | 1 Comment

  1. Jen says:

    Stories like this one only remind us of how important it is to promote human rights despite the imperfections that still exist within the system. In many countries human rights are violated on a daily basis and that’s why I think the activities carried out by various international organizations in this particular area need our support more than ever. I am happy that my native Toronto is also commemorating the International Human Rights Day by taking part in the biggest letter-writing event of the year.

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