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Amnesty International USA hosts Ahmad Batebi in NYC!


Advent Lutheran Church Website
Amnesty International USA Website Dear Friends, I'm writing on behalf of Amnesty International USA in NYC. We are sponsoring an event on that we believe Amnesty International's supporters & others who are concerned with human rights may be interested in attending. The event will feature Ahmad Batebi, a famed Iranian dissident who escaped from prison in Iran, and is currently seeking asylum in the US. He has been the subject of a number of news stories, most recently a full-page story in the New York Times on July 13. He will talk about human rights in Iran and his harrowing flight to the US. We hope that members of your organization will come to this unique event and that you will inform others about it. We look forward to meeting you at the event! Sincerely, -- Onome J
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Famed Iranian dissident Ahmad Batebi, featured in The Economist and The New York Times, was arrested in July 1999 for his participation in student-led demonstrations. After 8 years in Iranian prisons, Mr. Batebi recently arrived on U.S. soil seeking asylum. He will be making his first public appearance on October 30th at the Advent Lutheran Church to discuss his experiences and the human rights issues Iranians are facing today. For more information, please contact us at [masked],
or call (202)[masked], ext. 302 .


FAMED IRANIAN DISSIDENT AHMAD BATEBI SPEAKS ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS IN IRAN AT AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL USA EVENT IN NYC

Escaped Prisoner Will Discuss His Experiences & Harrowing Flight To the USA

On Thursday, October 30 at 7:00 pm, Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) Group 11 will host an event featuring Ahmad Batebi, an Iranian dissident who escaped from prison in Iran, and is currently seeking asylum in the United States. The event is co-sponsored by the Broadway United Church of Christ, and is free and open to the public. Ahmad Batebi has been the subject of a number of news stories, and is perhaps best known for his iconic photograph in the July 13, 1999 edition of The Economist showing him holding up the bloodied T-shirt of a colleague who had been injured in the demonstration. More recently, he was the subject of a full-page story in The New York Times on July 13, 2008. Mr. Batebi was a 21-year old film student in Tehran when he was arrested in July, 1999 during student-led demonstrations against the closure of the newspaper Salam (Peace). He was sentenced to death on charges relating to endangering national security following an unfair and secret trial by a Revolutionary Court in Tehran, a sentence later commuted to 15 years imprisonment. While imprisoned Mr. Batebi was subject to various types of torture by the Iranian government. Threats to his family were also made in attempts to get him to sign a 'confession' of his alleged crimes. In July, 2006, Mr. Batebi was re-arrested for failing to return from a temporary leave to get married and obtain medical attention for injuries sustained during his imprisonment. After a self-imposed hunger strike and continued torture, Mr. Batebi escaped to Iraq in 2008 and made his way to the United States, where he is currently seeking asylum.

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  • Patrick S.

    I really hope I can hear what more we can do to encourage Iranian freedom from their religious zealots...

    October 16, 2008

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