Wednesday, May 17, 2006

some updated news:

Thanks to a friend I got these news and wanted to inform you: Please try to help us to distribute this news.

1. Ramin is still under arrest and has not been permitted to see his family although it has been more than 3 weeks. His wife says over the phone he sounds mentally and physically tired. he is subjected to minimmum hours of repeated interrogation.

2. Ramin's mom Khojasteh KIA is hospitalized in the CCU (Cardiac Care Unit) due to high stress she has because of this event. they let her go home but still she is not very well.

A collective decision has been made—with the family's consent—that a subdued approach is no longer expedient. Despite vague promises Ramin's interrogators have not delivered on any requests to a) explain the formal charges against him or b) let him see his family. We will continue the high level domestic and international interventions, but from talking to others with experience in these matters it becomes clear that outside pressure, if done correctly, can be highly effective. A concern that many of us have is that Ahmadi-Nejad and Rowhani's letter, US-Iran relations, and the nuke issue are overshadowing Ramin's cause—we need to make sure this is not the case.

As such, I wanted to let you all know that we are no longer holding back. If you are asked to comment in the media please feel free to do so, and feel free to take personal initiatives to make sure that Ramin's case is not forgotten. I have been overdue in creating a one- page fact sheet about Ramin, essentially bullet points to keep everyone on the same page. This would simply emphasize Ramin's credentials as a non-political, non-partisan, philosopher and intellectual and someone who has always espoused non-violence.

According to a close friend of Ramin in Tehran we should keep in mind the following when writing letters of appeal or doing media interventions:

1. Internationalize the case as much as possible, to make it clear that it is not only a US and Canadian-led effort. Contacts w/ European and non-Western periodicals, media, and intellectuals is very useful.
2. The nature of Ramin's intellectual work
3. The unacceptability of detaining someone for " contacts with foreigners " (Minister of Intelligence)
4. The unacceptability of holding someone without charges.
5. The pain and stress unjustly produced for the family (mother admitted to CCU)
6. The demand to let Ramin's wife see him, as she has requested.
7. The political consequences: accusing Ramin Jahanbegloo of improper contacts with foreign countries is an unacceptable accusation to the many countries that have invited him and worked with him on a number of cultural initiatives, and an insult to their ambassadors in Tehran, many of whom have maintained for years close relations with him.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

I apologize for not updating the site but ...

I had a reson and it was that I dont want to do something that he or his familly wont want it. But I have heard the main reason that the family is not willing a campaign is because they are under presure.

But I just got 2 important news:

1- Dr. Ramin Jahanbegloo's mother Khojasteh Kia who also is writer was hospitalized last week due to some problems rellated to her heart. I dont know if it is neccessary to mention why because we all know. Just like all of us she is worried.

2- 621 academists, journalists, politicians and university students published a letter in Iran. In this letter they remind of the arrest of some people who have been arrasted before and kept in prison and released without saying anything. And also it was mentioned that the pro Islamic government newspapers said that he was a spy. How can they say such a thing when Ramin had no contact inside government. What information he had that could give to someone as an spy.

here is the link of the letter in farsi:

Sunday, May 07, 2006

About the place they keep him. It is not officially confirmed but Ramin Jahanbegloo is in a section called 500 which is a part of evin belonging to inteligence service. 2 soldiers and 2 prosectors are with him. The section 500 is known as clinick but there is no doctor there. Our concern about his health is continuing.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Ramin Jahanbegloo is in hospital due to diabetic problems. We are asking the government to release him immediately. He has hypoglycemia and need medication. His relatives mention that his father also had the same problem.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

As many of you have heard Dr. Ramin Jahanbegloo is arrested. The vice governer of Tehran has confirmed his arrest. We are trying to give you all information we get. the lastest information which is not confirmed is that he is hospitalized and he is in Evin Prison's hospital now. No further information is given. By this website we are trying to give you information as much as we can.