JAPAN!: No Blood for Oil! FREE JAMAL SABERI! – Protests & Visits to Japanese Embassies


This is the page that covers actions in support of Saberi like protests and visits to speak with Embassy staff.

The purpose of our campaign is to pursue the following 5 objectives on behalf of Jamal Saberi, who is being detained in advance of deportation procedures that pose a clear danger to his life:

1) freeing Jamal from prison
2) stopping the deportation proceedings
3) ensuring his safety/getting protection for him
4) obtaining for him appropriate status as a refugee under UN agreements that Japan is signatory to
5) establishing an appropriate precedent for other nations to follow


One element of the campaign for Saberi should be holding visible protests:

    — MFI hosted a protest for the Washington DC community at the Japanese Embassy on Sunday March 21 at 1 pm.
    (blog announcement / facebook announcement / event report)
    — We promised Japan we wouldn’t leave their doorstep til Saberi was free, and we’re keeping that promise. We will host another protest at the Japanese Embassy on Sunday, March 28 at 3pm. We are going with the sakura theme for this event to tie into the Cherry Blossom Festival that brings Japan so much pride each year. This year, Japan’s pride should be tempered indeed.
    (blog announcement / facebook announcement).
    — And on Wednesday, March 31st, the Free Jamal! 2010 Campaign has issued a call for a Global Day of Action against Japanese anti-refugee policies to coincide with the end of UN Special Rapporteur Jorge Bustamante’s mission to observe the human rights situation of migrants in the country and his scheduled press conference on that day in Tokyo.


We will post our materials, chants, slogans, letters, press releases, and event reports here for anyone to use to conduct their own protest in support of Jamal Saberi, and all refugees around the world – this action by Japan threatens all refugees regardless of national origin.

PROTEST FLYER targeted for university campuses (pdf file)

March 19, 2010: Report of Jamal Saberi Campaign in Toronto – Visit to Consulate General

March 21, 2010: Report of the No Blood for Oil! FREE JAMAL SABERI! Protest at the Japanese Embassy in Washington DC


SAMPLE PROTEST PLANNING: Plans for *March 21st: Protest in front of Japanese Embassy in Washington DC on behalf of Jamal Saberi*

The 5 objectives of our Saberi campaign are the following:
1) freeing Jamal from prison
2) stopping the deportation proceedings
3) ensuring his safety/getting protection for him
4) obtaining for him appropriate status as a refugee under UN agreements that Japan is signatory to
5) establishing an appropriate precedent for other nations to follow

Our activities leading up to, during, and after the demonstration in front of the Japanese Embassy should communicate these objectives, specifically through the texts we produce (letters to orgs, press release), the chants that we shout, the slogans on our signs, and the music played at the event.

Below is a list of tasks for the March 21 event.

(For the tasks related to producing texts, chants/slogans and a musical playlist, we should refer back to our five objectives and try to make sure that they are all reflected)

– Megaphone
– Speaker (not required for successful demo)
– Generator (not required for successful demo)
– Radio/CD player/thing for playing the music (not required for successful demo)
– Posters (printed): start printing once slogans are developed
– Posters (painted): start painting once slogans are developed

– Invitations (make sure that when inviting people, we send the address & contact info of Japanese embassies worldwide & encourage people to write, call, fax, etc.; ensure that we always emphasize the fact that the implications here go FAR beyond one case – it will set precedent going forward)
– Invitations sent to email lists: Everyone; implement now til event
– Disseminate event announcement via social media networks (Facebook, Twitter): Everyone; implement now til event
– Contact media: once press release is prepared
– Letter inviting refugee orgs
– Press release

Demand-making (all 5 objectives must be mentioned here)
– Open letter to relevant Japanese entities
– Open letter to UN/UNHCR
– Open letter to international human rights orgs
– Letter to be signed by participants in March 21 demo

Communications at the event
– Develop music playlist (not required for successful demo)
– Develop chants (should rhyme): Everyone
– Develop slogans (should be short and witty): Everyone


Additional useful resources:
FREE JAMAL 2010 Campaign This site is very user-friendly and provides background information, contact addresses, sample letters, and also gives updates on actions, protests, and generally how the campaign is progressing in terms of attaining the Campaign’s objectives.

Hambastegi provides a good summary background of Saberi’s situation and also provides and automated email service so you can easily send your message of protest to Japan.

– The Free Jamal Campaign ( in English / in Japanese ) Here is a Japanese site that contains a good amount of background information on Saberi’s situation. Importantly, it also has some documentation of what has happened to Iranian political activists who have been deported from the countries in which they have sought asylum and sent back to Iran.



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