A letter from young Kurdish political prisoners Zanyar and Loghman Moradi, addressed to Dr. Ahmed Shaheed : “Save us from execution!

A letter from young Kurdish political prisoners Zanyar and Loghman Moradi, addressed to Dr. Ahmed Shaheed (United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran) and Human Rights advocacy institutions: “Save us from execution!

Zanyar (left) and Loghman (right) Moradi have been imprisoned and in danger of execution since their unlawful arrested on August 2, 2009.

New letter from young Kurdish political prisoners Zanyar and Loghman Moradi, addressed to Dr. Ahmed Shaheed (United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran) and Human Rights advocacy institutions: “Save us from execution!

Dear Dr. Ahmed Shaheed,


Receiving such a letter [from a political prisoner] may not be anything new to you, but we [Zanyar and Loghman Moradi] [have no option but to] rely on and seek the help of the United Nations and Human Rights organizations in order to prove our innocence and save our lives from the unjust death sentences that have been imposed on us. If needed, we will write [more] letters [to you] in order to save ourselves from our intricate situation and this unjust sentence.

As we have communicated to you before, we have endured much pain and suffering in the past five years. [We have been subjected to:] scenarios fabricated by the Ministry of Intelligence, acts of revenge and hatred aimed to destroy the youth [of this land], isolation from our families, and ordeals better left unsaid so that we [don’t conjure up] the bitter and unpleasant memories associated with them. After enduring all the suffering, and despite the spread of information about our situation, we continue to feel extreme agony and fatigue. However, [Human Rights organizations and the United Nations] have helped prevent the spread of our wounds [and the weakening of our resolve by providing us with humanitarian aid]. We owe being alive up until now to their efforts. Another reason is that our innocence has given us the self-confidence to repeatedly state the fact that we have been victims of a false and fabricated judicial case filed against us.

As we have written in the past, in all stages of our case, from arrest to the time the sentence was handed down, the laws were belligerently broken. [Some of these unlawful acts include:] Long and severe torture, which led to the maiming of our bodies; months-long solitary confinement; lack of the possibility to visit with or even make phone calls to our family members; intimidation; personal and religious insults; and forcing us to make false, self-incriminating confessions.

We have no hope in the Islamic Republic to investigate and follow up with our case. However, as two young men on death row, as two men who live under the shadow of imminent death, we expect you to [take the necessary measures] in order to restore the violated rights of us, two Kurdish citizens, and  other prisoners of conscience as well.

Thank you,

Zanyar Moradi
Loghman Moradi
Ghohardasht Prison [Rajai Shahr Prison] , Karaj, Iran
September 5, 2013


Date of Arrest: August 2, 2009

Prison: Rajai Shahr (I.e. Gohardasht), Karaj

Charges (each): “Moharebeh (Enmity with God). Charged as a result of an accusation by the Iranian regime that Zanyar and Loghman Moradi were involved in the 2009 assassination of Saadi, the son of a senior clergy member in Kurdistan, the Friday Prayer Imam in Marivan; “Causing sedition and depravity on Earth”.

Sentences: Death penalty. To be hanged in public. Issued on 22 December 2010, branch 15 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court- presided by Judge Salavati. They were sentenced to death for “Membership in the Komele Party” and “Involvement in the murder of the Marivan Friday Prayer Imam’s son on the night of 5 July 2009.”

Attorney: Hossein Paidar, however Islamic Republic authorities have deprived Zanyar and Loghman Moradi of their right to a lawyer throughout all judicial stages of their case.

Amnesty International reports that Zanyar and Loghman Moradi are at IMMINENT DANGER OF EXECUTION since their “death sentences have been sent to the Office for the Implementation of Sentences, a body within the Judiciary, which is the final step before being called for execution.”

Please click here for more information on Zanyar and Loghman Moradi and how you may take action.

About Kurdish American Committee for Democracy and Human Rights in Iran(kacdhri)

Kurdish American Committee for Democracy and Human Rights in Iran On November 2005 a group of Kurdish-Americans decided to organize a committee to work on Kurdish issues in Iran and to build a relationship among Iranian opposition groups toward democracy in Iran. The following points clarified a need for organizing and helping the Iranian political parties to come together and to start coordinating their efforts We considered that: 1. Iran is not a homogeneous ethnic society and formidable Iranian opposition parties are aligned with separate ethnic groups. 2. Persians are a minority who has been the dominating power since the end of WWI and all other minority groups have revolted at some point during the 20th century and continue to do so in this century. 3.Kurdish struggle for human rights and self-determination is the longest and most mature democratic national movement in Iran, the only one to have developed a constitution for a democratic society (The Republic of Kurdistan, Mahabad 1947). 4. We considered that any political opposition to the Islamic regime without the involvement of Turkmans, Baluoch, Azeri, Kurd and Arab groups would fail. 5. Almost all Persian nationalist parties have vowed to side with the Islamic regime to “fight” minority groups and democracy. Based on the above ideas and considerations, Kurdish Americans from Iran organized a Committee for Democracy on December 2005. “Kurdish American Committee for democracy in Iran” had a sense of obligation to take an active role in organizing the Iranian opposition groups by:

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