"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.
- 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
- 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
I am deeply concerned for the welfare and safety of Dorothy Parvaz, US/Canadian/Iranian citizen and Al Jazeera reporter and journalist, who was disappeared in Syria on 29th April. She was held incommunicado by an inidentified security service.
On 10th May, the Syrian Embassy issued a statement 2011 saying that Dorothy was extradited to Iran on the 1st May. The Embassy claimed that she had entered Syria illegally – that her passport had expired and that she provided false information regarding her reason of travel.
However, there has been no contact from the 39-year-old since she disembarked in Damascus. Her family and fiancé are growing increasingly alarmed, particularly given Iran's attrocious record regarding press freedom and mistreatment of journalists.
According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Iran, together with China, was the world's top jailer of journalists in 2010.
I appeal to you to do your utmost to determine the whereabouts of Dorothy Parvaz as a matter of urgency and, if she is still being detained, the reason for her continued detention.
I also implore you to do all you can to ensure that Dorothy is able to make contact with her anxious family.
Thank you for your attention.
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