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Dear friends, family, human rights activists, journalists, and every single individual who has helped me in my pursuit for my brother’s freedom:

The past seven years have been painful and traumatizing for Saeed, me and the rest of the family. We have endured much hardship, but your tremendous support has encouraged us to remain patient and steadfast in our pursuit of freedom. Thank you for helping raise awareness about my brother’s case and pushing for his release. In 2012, when Iran’s Supreme Court confirmed Saeed’s death sentence, your strong objections to the unlawful verdict moved world leaders to also support the case, which ultimately led Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to call off the execution order. But, our nightmare is not over yet, Saeed is still in prison and he’s sentenced to life. It is very hard to believe that Iranian authorities are refusing to release Saeed even though they have never possessed a single piece of evidence to convict him. We have written multiple letters to Iranian authorities requesting from them to review Saeed’s case and release him, but we have always been faced with silence. With every day that passes it becomes increasingly clear that Iranian authorities have no intention of releasing Saeed until his imprisonment becomes a liability for them. There are talks of the government of Canada looking to open diplomatic relations with the government of Iran, this would be the right time for Foreign Minister Stephane Dion and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to secure Saeed’s release from prison and safe return to Canada.

I need your help once again to shine a spotlight on Saeed’s case in order to get world leaders to take action for Saeed’s freedom. I hope you will continue to stand with me and help push for my brother’s release.

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP:

If you’re a Canadian, please help me collect signatures for an official petition to the House of Commons that calls on the government of Canada to intervene on Saeed’s behalf to the government of Iran for the coordination of his immediate release. Please click here to download the petition. I need you to print it out and collect a minimum of 25 signatures from Canadian residents. Once you have at least 25 signatures, you will need to deliver the petition to your local Member of Parliament. If you need help finding your local MP, click here.

For everyone else, please sign a new petition I created for Saeed on Change.org and distribute widely. Canadians, please also sign the Change.org petition and share it.

If you would like to do more, please write a letter to Justin Trudeau or Stephane Dion and ask them to help secure Saeed’s release.

Contact information for Justin Trudeau:
Email: justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca
Mailing Address:
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
Fax: 613-941-6900

Contact information for Stephane Dion:
Email: stephane.dion@parl.gc.ca
Mailing Address:
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario Canada
K1A 0A6
Fax: 613-996-6562

Sincerely,

Maryam Malekpour

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