The parkour star - Alireza Japalaghy - and his brother in danger of deportation to Iran

The parkour star - Alireza Japalaghy - and his brother in danger of deportation to Iran

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Parviz Khazaei hat diese Petition an The UNHCR Representation in Turkey und gestartet.


Dear Sirs,

Over the last few years, parkour has become a popular sport in Iran. Alireza Japalaghy, known for his daring leaps from one roof to another without a scrap of safety equipment, has become the sport's social media star.

None of that seemed to bother Iranian authorities, however. It was only when he posted three photos on 12 May of him kissing a woman that they got involved. The photos, titled "Sunset in Tehran", show him kissing a woman who isn’t wearing a headscarf, which is obligatory in Iran, on the roof of a building in the affluent neighbourhood of Elahieh in Tehran.

On 17 May, Japalaghy published an Instagram story where he said that he had received a call from the authorities ordering him to explain himself, and that failing to do so would result in him being arrested. He refused, saying, “I’m not scared. If they want to arrest me they can come here and do what they want.”

The next day, his younger brother announced on his Instagram account that Japalaghy had been arrested at his home for “un-Islamic behaviour”. He said, “They didn’t show any arrest warrant, they came into our house and arrested my brother. He hasn’t done anything wrong apart from posting videos of sport, I don’t understand.” 

The Iranian authorities haven’t yet made an official statement on why Japalaghy was arrested. It’s also unknown whether it was the police or Iran’s Revolutionary Guards who carried out the arrest. 

This isn’t the first time Japalaghy has posted photos that could draw the ire of the authorities, but the three "Sunset in Tehran" photos were widely shared on Telegram, a popular encrypted messaging app.

Iran often arrests social media influencers and people who perform online, mostly for the reason of “un-Islamic behaviour”, which can encompass a wide range of actions. In October 2019, three dancers were arrested for having posted “obscene creative content”. There has been no information about what happened to them since their arrest. In July 2018, three other dancers, including the popular Maedeh Hojabri, were also arrested and detained for a few days.

According to articles 638 and 639 of the Islamic Republic’s penal code, people posting photos like Japalaghy’s can be accused of “the online propagation of corruption and prostitution”, and can be punished with up to 10 years in prison. 

After a temporary release on bail, he went to Turkey to escape punishment from Iran by staying away from Iran.  But he and his brother have been arrested and taken to a camp in Van,Turkey, and it is possible that he will be returned to Iran at any time due to the lack of a refugee card.

Hence, you are kindly requested to take necessary urgent actions in this respect.

Sincerely Yours,

Parviz Khazaei / A member of Amnesty International Liechtenstein and Switzerland 

Anschrift : 

Am Bach 16 - 9495 Triesen / Liechtenstein 

Email : parvizkhazaei1979@gmail.com

Tel. : 0041 79 363 5898

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