- Catherine AshtonThe High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the European Union
- Philip HammondThe Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs-UK
- Ahmed ShaheedUN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran
A British woman sentenced to 7 years in prison in Iran. Put pressure on the regime in Iran to release Roya Saberinejad Nobakht immediately
“ Free Roya Now”
A British woman initially sentenced to 20 years and later reduced to 7 years in prison in Iran for posting an anti-government comment on Facebook
Roya Saberinejad Nobakht, 48, is a British-Iranian citizen who has been in prison in Iran since October 2013. She has been subjected to physical and psychological torture.
On 14 April 2014, after being incarcerated & tortured in the notorious Evin prison for 5 months, she was sentenced to 20 years. During the trial her lawyer was present but not allowed to speak on her behalf. later in 2014 her sentence was reduced to 7 years in prison in Iran.
Her “crime” was expressing views about Iran’s Islamic régime on her Facebook page. She was charged with "gathering and participation with intent to commit crimes against national security" and "insulting Islamic sanctities", a crime which is punishable by death. For that, she was, along with 6 men & 1 other woman, sentenced by the Tehran Revolutionary Court to a total of 123 years.
She has been subjected to physical and psychological torture, insults and humiliation. She has been deprived of regular access to her medication, she was forced to stand outside in winter, in the cold, wearing wet clothes which have resulted in kidney problems & she has been refused essential medication. She has been held in solitary confinement and been subjected to interrogation lasting several hours.
Roya Saberinejad Nobakht joined her husband in Stockport - Manchester in 2007. She was arrested in October 2013 while visiting her family in Iran.
This is not the first time that the authorities in Iran have arrested tortured and even executed individuals with dual citizenship. Some examples are: Zahra Bahrami, a Dutch citizen executed in 2011, Zahra Kazemi: a Canadian citizen executed in 2003, Hamid Ghasemi-Shall: a Canadian citizen who was sentenced to death but release in 2013, Saeed Malekpour and Hossein Derakhshan, a Canadian resident and a Canadian citizen, both still in prison in Iran.
“Free Roya Now” campaign has been launched to persuade people in the UK to support Roya Saberinejad Nobakht. She is a British citizen and it is the responsibility of the British Government to put pressure on the régime in Iran to release Roya Saberinejad Nobakht immediately.
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- The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the European Union
- The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs-UK
- UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran
We, the undersigned, express our concern for the plight of Roya Saberinejad Nobakht, 48, a British citizen who has been in prison in Iran since October 2013 and initially sentenced to 20 years and later reduced to 7 years in prison for posting an anti-government comment on Facebook. She has been subjected to physical and psychological torture in prison.
Roya Saberinejad Nobakht is a British citizen and the British government has a duty of care for her.
We request that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to put pressure on the regime in Iran to release Roya Saberinejad Nobakht immediately.
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