UN reporters have celebrated the release of Iranian human rights defender and opponent Arash Sadeghi, who was released from Rajai Shahr prison this month after five and a half years in prison.
Sadeghi was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment on multiple charges, including spreading “lies in cyberspace”, “propaganda against the regime” and insulting the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
UN experts recalled in a statement that the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention had already criticized Sadeghi’s detention as arbitrary in 2018 and demanded his release.
“I applaud the release of Mr Sadeghi and commend the Iranian government’s implementation of the Penalty Reduction Directive ratified by Parliament in 2020,” said the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defender Mary Lawlor, who has called for the release of other activists, including sadeghis Mrs. Golrokh Iraee.
Iran’s Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Javaid Rehman added that he was “very concerned” about the “arbitrary” detainees and urged the Asian country’s authorities to “release” other detained people.
Sadeghi criticized human rights violations in Iranian prisons and wrote letters during his detention in support of other detained activists calling for their conditions to be improved and their release.