Appeal for Urgent Action

To Release Iraqi intellectual and thinker, Mr. Ahmed

Al-Qubbanji, arrested by Iranian authorities

 

We are very concerned for the fate of the Iraqi intellectual and thinker, Mr. Ahmed al-Qubbanji, who was arrested by the Iranian authorities in the city of Qom on 17th February 2013. The reasons for his arrest are unknown. Our concern about his fate is mounting because of the circumstances of his arrest and their ambiguity. We are extremely worried that he could be exposed to ill-treatment and that his life is threatened, especially because the Iranian authorities have until now neither revealed his whereabouts nor stated the charges against him.

Ahmed Al-Qubbanji

We look forward to your solidarity and urgent action, based on your humanitarian responsibilities and moral obligations, as dictated by human conscience and your commitment to international law and international conventions and norms, which stipulate respect for human rights and ensuring freedom and human dignity. We call for immediate action to ensure the safe return of Mr. Ahmed Al-Qubbanji to his country, Iraq. We also appeal to you to act speedily to find out about his needs and to ensure that his full rights are protected.

Please accept our respect and appreciation for your efforts and human conscience.

The undersigned: 

  1. National Union of Iraqi Journalists
  2. Press Freedoms Monitor
  3. National Association for Defending Human Rights
  4. Masarat for Cultural and Media Development
  5. Iraqi Women’s Network
  6. Iraqi Amal Society
  7. Tammuz Organization for Social Development
  8. Information Centre for research and Development
  9. Masalla Organization for Human Resources
  10. Popular Action Organization (PAO)
  11. Time Centre for Youth Development
  12. Iraqi Society for Sport Development
  13. Workers Cultural Centre
  14. Iraqi Society for Pensioners
  15. Iraqi Women’s League
  16. The General Union of Students
  17. The League of Iraqi Students