Sunday, April 26, 2009

Re: Roxana & Leonard: Political Prisoners Exchange?

Gracias Dear Dear Brother Harvey ~ We will do what we can and we should continue to help spread the news, raise consciousness and remind people about the continued injustice of the imprisonment of Brother Leonard Peltier: our noble warrior!

Education for Liberation!

Peter S. Lopez ~aka: Peta
Sacramento, California, Aztlan
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From: Harvey Arden <>
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 9:52:25 AM
Subject: FW: Roxana & Leonard: Political Prisoners Exchange?

Iran imposes harsh prison sentence on American journalist
 Peter-- FYI/Harvey 
Make a Humanitarian Exchange of  Two Innocent Political Prisoners:   
 We release Leonard Peltier... 
Iran releases Roxana Saberi !!  Brilliant!!!

From: Amnesty International USA []
Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 3:39 PM
To: Harvey Arden
Subject: Why is Iran holding Roxana Saberi?

Journalist Roxana Saberi was sentenced to eight years in prison in Iran after a closed-door trial, accused of being an American spy. Send a letter now to the Iranian government and call for her immediate release.

Dear Harvey,

Last Saturday, Iran sentenced journalist Roxana Saberi to eight years in prison on charges of espionage after a brief closed door trial. She had been living in Iran and working as a reporter, although the government claimed it had withdrawn her press credentials.

The harsh sentence handed down to the North Dakota native has generated a global outcry. Major media outlets and even President Obama have called for her release.

With pressure building on the Iranian government, now is the best time for us to send a message demanding that the flaws of the original trial be addressed and for Roxana to be released immediately on bail.

The Iranian government knows that all eyes are on them and there is mounting pressure for a fair trial. Both President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Head of the Judiciary Shahroudi have urged Tehran's chief prosecutor to investigate the case. Shahroudi said, "a fair examination of the case, especially at the appeal stage, is the defendant's right." This case comes at a critical time; President Obama has offered to start a dialogue with Iran and break a 30 year diplomatic deadlock.

Let the Iranian government know that you are watching closely and that their actions now will show the world how sincere they are about a fair appeal process. Add your name to our letter and hold the Iranian government to their word.

The Iranian government has not released any evidence against Roxana and reports indicate she was pressured into making statements that were used against her in the legal proceedings. It seems she has become a pawn in the political maneuvering that is unfolding in Iran's relations with the United States.

Her harsh prison sentence is yet another example of the increasingly severe crackdown on those exercising their rights to peaceful freedom of expression and association in Iran. The government of Iran has recently imprisoned and persecuted numerous bloggers, journalists, labor activists, students and members of religious minorities.

Thanks for standing with Roxana,

Elise, Sarah, Zahir and the rest of the Iran rapid response team

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