CJFE letter to the Iranian government regarding Dorothy Parvaz

Friday, May 13, 2011

Mr. Kambiz Sheikh Hassani, Chargé d'affaires
Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran
245 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 2K2

May 13, 2011

Dear Mr. Hassani,

I am writing on behalf of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), a non-profit, non-governmental organization that works to promote and protect press freedom and freedom of expression around the world.

CJFE is greatly concerned by the detention of Al Jazeera journalist Dorothy Parvaz, who was originally taken into custody by Syrian authorities on April 29, 2011. On May 11, 2011, Al Jazeera reported that Ms. Parvaz had been deported to Tehran, Iran.

Ms. Parvaz has American, Canadian and Iranian citizenship, and entered Syria under her Iranian passport. She had been sent to Syria from Doha, Qatar, in order to cover the situation from the ground.

We are very concerned that the whereabouts of Ms. Parvaz have not been confirmed, although based on statements from Syrian authorities it appears that she is now in Tehran.

CJFE respectfully requests that the Iranian government confirm whether or not Dorothy Parvaz is being held in Iran, and we hope that we will soon hear that she is well and safe. If she is in the custody of Iranian officials, CJFE calls upon your government to release Ms. Parvaz immediately and allow her to return to her home in Doha, Qatar.

We thank you for your attention and I look forward to your reply.

Yours Sincerely,

Arnold Amber, CJFE President

Cc: Mr. Dennis Horak, Chargé d'Affaires of Canada to Iran
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada