Find and Free Dorothy Parvaz, missing journalist.
  • Petitioned Frank La Rue

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United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression
Frank La Rue
Secretary of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention
Mr. Miguel de la Lama
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Navanethem Pillay
UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Office of the High Commissioner For Human Rights
Ms. Rashida Manjoo
Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, c/o OHCHR-UNOG, Geneva
Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances

Find and Free Dorothy Parvaz, missing journalist.

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May 2011

Victory

Al Jazeera journalist Dorothy Parvaz disappeared in Syria at the end of April. After weeks of activism on her behalf across the globe, we are delighted to report that today she was freed.
 
Dorothy had support from all over the world (read the comments from her close friends in the petition below). This petition, directly targeting UN Special Rapporteurs and Working Groups, played a small but important role in piling on the pressure leading up to Dorothy’s release. Even Iranian American journalist Roxana Saberi signed it, featuring it on the home page of her website!

Thanks for taking action everyone!

"Dorothy is a courageous person and a dear friend. If it were not for her introducing my wife and I, our beautiful 3 1/2 month old daughter would never have graced this world with her presence. We need her returned to us immediately safe and unharmed."  Dylan Wilmsen

"Dorothy Parvaz is a kind woman, a dedicated journalist and my friend." Kristen Young

"I went to high school with Dorothy, wrote with her there, and through her met my current group of closest friends. I admire her greatly, and want nothing more than for her to be released back to the love of her family and friends." Sheelagh Brothers

"I've known Dorothy for over 10 years. She has always been one of my greatest supporters, one of the most honest and truest of friends. She has integrity, she is an honorable and beautiful soul. I love her and I want to know that she is safe and that she is coming home to us. I thank everyone all over the world for fighting to bring her back. She would do the same for us." Jackie Schultz

"Dorothy is a very close friend. We have a very close group of friends, my husband has been friends with her for about 20 years. We love her very much and want her home safe." Bindy Elder

"Dorothy is one of the smartest, most courageous people I've ever known. She is a journalist of the highest caliber, has done nothing wrong & should be released." Joseph Butler

"Dorothy is an amazing person and Dedicated Journalist. She is a great friend for over 20 years." Murray Elder

"I went to highschool with Dorothy - she was always a very kind and compassionate person & would do anything to help you out in your time of need. I will continue to pray that she is released back to her family and friends." Kathryn Calub

"Dorothy is a dedicated journalist, a wonderful person, and a loyal and true friend. She has been one of my good friends for over 20 years and I want to know that she is safe and see her returned home to her family." Sue Garcia.

Dorothy Parvaz -- U.S./Canadian/Iranian citizen, Al Jazeera English reporter and former editorial writer for the Seattle P-I -- has been detained since Friday, April 29, when she landed in Damascus, Syria.

She was held incommunicado by an inidentified security service. It is believed that the Syrian authorities detained her.

According to Al Jazeera, Dorothy had planned to help cover events in Syria and arrived in Damascus on a Qatar Airways flight from Doha in the afternoon. There has been no contact with the 39-year-old since she disembarked in Damascus.

An Al Jazeera spokesperson said: "We are worried about Dorothy's welfare, security and safety. Syria should release her immediately."

On the 11th May, Al Jazeera received information that Dorothy has been deported from Syria to Iran.

This information came from Syrian officials, who had previously told Al Jazeera they were holding Dorothy in Damascus and that she would be released.

 Al Jazeera spokesman: "We have now received information that she is being held in Tehran. We are calling for information from the Iranian authorities, access to Dorothy, and for her immediate release. We have had no contact with Dorothy since she left Doha on 29 April and we are deeply concerned for her welfare."

A statement from Dorothy’s family said: "Dorothy is a dearly loved daughter, sister and fiancée, and a committed journalist. It is now nearly two weeks since she was detained. We appeal once again for Dorothy to be released immediately and returned to us."

Dorothy is an experienced journalist who joined Al Jazeera in 2010. She graduated from the University of British Columbia, obtained a masters from Arizona University, and held journalism fellowships at both Harvard and Cambridge. She previously worked as a columnist and feature writer for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Dorothy joined Al Jazeera in 2010 and recently reported on the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

On May 11th, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) issued a statement for Dorothy's release:

"Syria's apparent deportation of Dorothy Parvaz to Iran when she is also a citizen of the U.S. and Canada, is an irresponsible choice," said CPJ Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator Mohamed Abdel Dayem. "Given Iran's abysmal press freedom record, we are concerned about Parvaz's well-being. Iranian authorities must immediately release Parvaz, who has committed no crime."

Iran, together with China, is the world's top jailer of journalists in 2010, according to CPJ research.

Please sign and share the petition to the UN Special Rapporteurs to demand immediate action to determine Dorothy's safety and welfare - and to ensure she is able to make contact with her family and fiance who are growing increasingly alarmed.

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      • almost 3 years ago

      Al-Jazeera: Dorothy Parvaz 'free' after Syria detention: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-13435954

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    • Deborah Bach SEATTLE, WA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Dorothy is a thoughtful and considerate person, and a friend. She does not deserve to be held in captivity with no word about her whereabouts. Please do the right thing and release her. The world is watching.

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    • Ronke Olawale SOUTH BOSTON, MA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Free Dorothy Parvaz now. You've held her for too long; her friends and family love her and want her back with them. We are disturbed not to have heard from her for over two weeks. Is someone listening?

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    • Sue Garcia TORONTO, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Dorothy is a dedicated journalist, a wonderful person, and a loyal and true friend. She has been one of my good friends for over 20 years and I want to know that she is safe and see her returned home to her family.

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    • Kathryn Calub SURREY, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I went to highschool with Dorothy - she was always a very kind and compassionate person & would do anything to help you out in your time of need. I will continue to pray that she is released back to her family and friends.

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