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Urgent Action update: Iranian Kurd facing imminent execution

Ramin Hossein Panahi, from Iran’s Kurdish minority, was moved to Raja’i Shahr prison in Karaj, Alborz Province, on 13 August in preparation for his execution. He started a hunger strike on 26 August, after which he was immediately removed from the prison’s general ward. He has not been heard from since. He is at imminent risk of execution.

Take action

Write a letter before 10 October calling on Iranian authorities to:

  • Immediately halt plans to execute Ramin Hossein Panahi, quash his conviction and death sentence, and ensure he is released unless there is sufficient evidence not obtained through torture or other ill-treatment to charge him with an internationally recognizable criminal offence and grant him a fair trial, without recourse to the death penalty;
  • Immediately reveal his fate and whereabouts and allow him regular access to his family and lawyers;
  • Ensure that he has access to adequate specialized medical care and to a qualified health professional who can provide health care in compliance with medical ethics;
  • Ensure Ramin Hossein Panahi is protected from torture and other ill-treatment, and order a prompt, independent, effective, and impartial investigation into his allegations of torture and other ill-treatment, bringing to justice anyone found responsible in fair trials and without recourse to the death penalty;
  • Establish an official moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty.

Send your appeals to these officials before 10 September:

Head of the Judiciary
Ayatollah Sadeghi Larijani
c/o Public Relations Office
Number 4, Dead end of 1 Azizi
Above Pasteur Intersection
Vali Asr Street, Tehran, Iran
Salutation: Your Excellency

Head of Raja’i Shahr prison
Gholamreza Ziyaeei    
Raja’i Shahr prison
Moazzen Boulevard
Karaj, Alborz province, Iran
Salutation: Dear Sir

With copies to:

High Council for Human Rights
Mohmmad Javad Larijani    
Esfandiar Boulevard, Niayesh Intersection, Vali Asr Avenue
Tehran, Iran 


H.E. Hamid Baeidinejad
Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran
16 Princes Gate, London 
02072254208 or 02072254209 

Download the full UA as a pdf here.
Download the full UA in word here.