September 30, 2014
His Excellency Ban-Ki Moon
Secretary General of United Nations
The United Nations
New York, NY 10017
Re: International Campaign to Prevent the Execution of Ayatollah Boroujerdi and to Demand His Immediate Release from Prison in Iran
It is with a great sense of urgency that I appeal to the international community to prevent the execution of Ayatollah Seyed Hossein Kazemeiny Boroujerdi, a well-respected clergy and a long time vocal advocate of secularism, and to demand his immediate release from the Iranian prison. This latest appeal follows in person threats of execution and harassment by the special prosecutor, Mohammad Movahedi, during a visit to the Special Clerical Ward at the notorious Evin prison. My compatriots and I have many reasons to take these threats seriously and remain concerned about the life of Ayatollah Boroujerdi who since the beginning of his unjustified prison term in October 2006 has endured various forms of physical and psychological torture and has been denied adequate medical treatment despite his deteriorating conditions at an advanced age.
Ayatollah Boroujerdi, a strong advocate of secularism and Human rights, has been imprisoned several times by the theocratic regime in Iran for his opposition to the politicization of Islam.
During Ayatollah Boroujerdi’s imprisonment, members of his family and many of his supporters have paid a heavy price which included the murder of his elderly mother by the state, persecution and mass arrests under falsified charges, invasion of privacy by means of constant monitoring and surveillance, confiscation of private property, denial of access to public education and public services, denial of access to employment, loss of health care and other benefits, and financial hardship. The above mentioned measures amount to the violation of basic human rights, which is a cause of concern.
It is under such circumstances that we appeal to the international community for urgent actions to prevent Ayatollah Boroujerdi’s execution and to facilitate his immediate release along with the release of his followers from prison. With our belief in secularism, the Iran National Council denounces ongoing human rights violations in the name of religion. Iranians across the political spectrum envision a secular Iran where they can live freely from religious and political persecution and enjoy equal rights under the law in adherence to the principles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
I thank you sincerely for your consideration and offer my unconditional assistance on this urgent matter.
President of the Iran National Council for Free Elections