This page indexes all of our work related to Jamal Saberi’s case.
Jamal Saberi (Jalal Amanzadeh Nouei) is a prominent Iranian dissident and human rights activist, and an asylum-seeking resident of Japan for the past 20 years.
The Japanese government is supporting the Islamic Republic’s efforts to silence dissidents abroad by initiating deportation procedures against Saberi.
Japan’s effort to forcibly return an Iranian political activist constitutes a violation of the international principle of non-refoulement, which prohibits forcibly returning a person to a country where their life or freedom would be threatened. If Mr. Saberi is returned there is no question that he, like all other dissidents who fall into the hands of this regime, will be detained, tortured, and likely executed. He therefore warrants recognition as a political refugee and merits protections under UN agreements on the Status of Refugees, to which Japan is a signatory.
UPDATE: August 4, 2010: JAMAL SABERI IS FREE! No longer at risk of imminent deportaton to Iran, Japan still refuses to confer refugee status on internationally-renowned human rights and political activists Jamal Saberi.
March 17, 2010: MFI Press Release: Japan’s Move to Deport Iranian Human Rights Activist Prompts Protest at Japanese Embassy
March 26, 2010: MFI Press Release: Japan’s Plans to Deport Iranian Human Rights Activist Prompts Second Embassy Protest
March 31, 2010: MFI Press Release: Mission Free Iran Stages Third Protest at Japanese Embassy Against Violation of Refugee Law in Saberi Case
April 8, 2010: MFI Press Release: Japan Under Increasing Pressure Regarding Saberi Case as Citizens Stage 6th Embassy Protest Since March
– Contacting Your Country’s Japanese Embassy for Saberi
– Open Letter to Refugee Support Organizations Regarding Saberi
– Letter to the Japanese Administration (Prime Minister and Cabinet) re Saberi
– Open Letter to the Japanese People Regarding Jamal Saberi
Visits to Japanese Embassies
March 19, 2010: Report of Jamal Saberi Campaign in Toronto
March 21, 2010: Report on Protest at Japanese Embassy in Washington DC
….. March 21, 2010: Maria Rohaly’s Statement in Support of Jamal Saberi
….. March 21, 2010: Hassan Massali’s Statement in Support of Jamal Saberi
….. March 21, 2010: Joanne Michele’s Statement in Support of Jamal Saberi
….. March 21, 2010: Saeed Salehinia’s Statement in Support of Jamal Saberi
March 28, 2010: Report on Protest at Japanese Embassy in Washington DC
….. March 28, 2010: Joanne Michele: JAPAN: “We’re back!” UNHCR: “Are you aware of your duties?”
….. March 28, 2010: Maria Rohaly: Jamal symbolizes struggle FOR human rights and AGAINST repression by dictators
….. March 28, 2010: Maria Rohaly w/ Kevin Scott: Japan’s excuses don’t cut it
March 31, 2010: Global Day of Action for Jamal Saberi at Japanese Embassy in Washington DC
April 4, 2010: Report on Protest at Japanese Embassy in Washington DC in Support of Jamal Saberi: Iranian Sweets and a Saberi Solidarity Cherry Tree!
April 11, 2010: Report on Protest at Japanese Embassy in Washington DC in Support of Jamal Saberi: Talking Turkey
March 18, 2010: March 21st: Protest in front of Japanese Embassy in Washington DC on behalf of Jamal Saberi
March 24, 2010: JAPAN! Give Gifts of Cherry Trees, Not Refugees! FREE JAMAL SABERI!
March 27, 2010: Japan: Americans don’t like to buy from human rights abusers
April 7, 2010: JAPAN! The Islamic Republic eclipses your shamed sun. Free Jalal Amanzadeh Nouei.
May 6, 2010: Oh Japan. We’re coming back. NO GREY ZONE FOR JAMAL SABERI. Sunday May 9, 1pm Japanese Embassy Washington DC
May 7, 2010: FAX FRIDAY! (…& Saturday …& Sunday) FOR JAMAL SABERI
May 8, 2010: Pinky Dragon Breathes Fire for Jamal Saberi & Other Detained Asylum-Seekers in Japan