Saturday, August 20, 2005

International Support Can Save Lives

Finally Kofi Annan, also demands the release of Akbar Ganji. Hundreds of Iranians wrote letters to the UN General Secretary soliciting his support for the release of Akbar Ganji. I also made a point about the lack of support from Kofi Annan, at the time, on my CNN interview:

CNN Interview

International support can save lives.

NEW YORK — UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan yesterday wrote Iran’s new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, demanding the release of imprisoned dissident journalist Akbar Ganji.

The letter marks the strongest action to date by the world body in pushing for Ganji to be freed. Such initiatives are always ticklish for the United Nations because Iran is a member-state.
While Annan’s letter has not been made public because it has not yet been received by the Iranian authorities, it calls for “the immediate release on humanitarian grounds” of Ganji, according to a copy seen by Reuters.

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