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Please, Act to Save Nazanin Now!

Nazanin 

Nazanin's case will be reviewed by the Supreme Court this week. If the death sentence is upheld, she may be executed very shortly after.On January 3, 2006, Nazanin was sentenced to death for murder by an Iranian court. She and her niece had been spending some time in a park west of Tehran with their boyfriends, when three men started harassing them. The girls` boyfriends fled from the scene, leaving them helpless behind. The men pushed Nazanin and her niece down on the ground and tried to rape them, and to protect herself, she took out a knife from her pocket and stabbed one of the men in the hand.The girls tried to escape, but the men overtook them, and at this point, Nazanin stabbed one of the other men in the chest, which eventually killed him. According to the newspaper, she broke down in tears when she told the court: "I wanted to defend myself and my niece. I did not want to kill that boy. At the heat of the moment I did not know what to do because no one came to our help." Nevertheless, the court sentenced her to death by hanging.

Please, act now! Go here to learn what you can do to petition authorities to spare Nazanin's life.

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  1. Here is a recent interview w/Nazanin, reposted from a blog entry from the “Save Nazanin” myspace page.
    -Jeyoani

    First Interview with Nazanin

    Here is the reply of the imprisoned 18 year old Nazanin Fatehi to a written questionaire that was sent by Iranian former Miss Canada through mediators:

    Nazanin Afshin-Jam: What is the state of your file?

    Nazanin Fatehi: Up to today I do not know very well where the status of my file is at, but recently I have heard that they have sent my file to Tehran for final decisions.

    NA: What do you do from morning until night? In other words, how do you spend your days?

    NF: I do not do anything special. Here we do not have anything to do. Once every 5 days they show us a movie or they play authorized music (authorized by the Islamic Republic of Iran) for us.

    NA: What are things you need, things we can send you?

    NF: I need a lot of things but not everything is permitted, but I want to go home. I want to go to my home. There is no place like home. I can’t tolerate this place, especially with these high walls. I am scared of these walls. I am tired of this place. For receiving things…there are regulations that don’t allow us to receive them. There are a lot of thing I need but I can’t get them.

    NA: Nazanin-dear, there are millions of people who have heard your name and are campaigning for your release. What are your feelings?

    NF: For those who have heard my name or familiarized themselves with my fate, I need their help…however they can help, because here it is very difficult, life is very difficult for me. I’m alone here, and I am scared. I haven’t had a good childhood/youth. I’m nervous. To bear this situation is difficult. I want to see the day outside of here. I miss outside. To all those who are helping save my life, I thank them. This type of work brings a ray of hope in our hearts. Behind these tall walls, we become more hopeful.

    NA: What message do you have for the world?

    NF: My message to the people of the world is that outside of this place that I am (Iran) is also a prison, but I would also like to express that it is not only “unfortunate Nazanin” that is in prison…. but there are mothers who are missing their kids and they are very sad. Don’t just help me, help all “Nazanin’s” and help us to go back to a normal life.

    NA: What do you miss most?

    NF: I’m sad. I’m sad because within these walls there is sadness. I’m sad because I want to have joy and happiness and I don’t know how to achieve this and where to go.

    NA: What music do you like?

    NF: When I was at home I did not have the opportunity to get to know music from outside the country or from Los Angeles but here from the authorized music I like Shadmehr, Said and Ali Tafreshi.

    NA: Have you heard that I have dedicated a song to you?

    NF: I haven’t heard this music yet but I wish one day to come out and be able to listen to this music. This is one of my important wishes.

    NA: What are your hobbies?

    NF: I like horseback riding and swimming.

    NA: What are your wishes?

    NF: I want to leave this awful place. I want to see the day there are no prisoners, especially no prisons for women. I want to stay alive.

    * * *

    On other news two independent lawyers in Iran have accepted to take Nazanin’s case during the upcoming superior court review

    Although the number of people worldwide who have signed the petition to save Nazanin’s life has not surpassed 150,000, but the major western media and resources have hardly given any exposure to the her fate.

    Thank you for your continued efforts and caring

    http://www.myspace.com/savenazanin

    Posted by Jeyoani | May 28, 2006, 6:14 am

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