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Iran: Arbitrary Arrest, Fear of Torture or Other Ill-Treatment: Nahid Kalhor

Amnesty International
Amnesty International
June 5, 2008
Appeal/Urgent Action

PUBLIC AI Index: MDE 13/077/2008

05 June 2008

UA 157/08 Arbitrary arrest/fear of torture or other ill-treatment

IRAN Nahid Kalhor (f), aged 21, student

Student Nahid Kalhor was arrested on 1 June by officers of the Ministry of Intelligence (Ettela’at). She is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. Her whereabouts are unknown, and she has had no contact with her family or lawyers.

In the morning of 1 June Nahid Kalhor received a phone call telling her to go to the Ettela’at offices in Qom, the city southwest of Iran where she is studying. The caller did not identify himself and threatened that her family would be arrested if she did not go to the Ettela'at offices. She only told her brother and together they went to the Ettela’at offices where she was arrested, apparently in relation to her alleged contact with opposition parties outside Iran.

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals to arrive as quickly as possible, in Persian, English, Arabic or your own language:

- calling on the authorities to ensure that Nahid Kalhor is not subjected to torture and other ill-treatment, and to allow her immediate access to a lawyer of her own choosing, and any medical treatment she may require;

- asking why exactly she was arrested; what charges, if any, have been brought against her; and when any trial will begin;

- calling on the authorities to release her unless she is to be charged with a recognizably criminal offence and given a prompt and fair trial.


Head of the Judiciary

Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi

Howzeh Riyasat-e Qoveh Qazaiyeh

Pasteur St., Vali Asr Ave., south of Serah-e Jomhouri, Tehran 1316814737

Islamic Republic of Iran

Email: [email protected] (In the subject line write: FAO Ayatollah Shahroudi)

Salutation: Your Excellency

Minister of Intelligence

Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie

Ministry of Intelligence, Second Negarestan Street

Pasdaran Avenue, Tehran

Islamic Republic of Iran

Salutation: Your Excellency


Leader of the Islamic Republic
His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei

The Office of the Supreme Leader
Islamic Republic Street - Shahid Keshvar Doust Street
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Email: [email protected]

Salutation: Your Excellency

and to diplomatic representatives of Iran accredited to your country.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat, or your section office, if sending appeals after 16 July 2008.