This is the page that will house the petition and letterwriting components of our campaign 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
Here is the official petition for Jamal Saberi. Please circulate only this petition so that we can maximize petition impact: it is more meaningful to receive one petition with 5000 signatures than 50 petitions with 100 signatures.
Signing a petition is the minimum we can do, but to have real impact, we need to do more. Please follow up the petition signing with addition actions to support Saberi inluding those outlined below.
Entities to communicate with and their addresses:
Phone, fax, and mailing addresses of all Japanese Embassies and Consulates around the world: Call the embassies, then fax them a letter or even a protest flyer (like this one) – they can’t ignore the fax paper! After that, write them a quick note and pop it in the mail – it doesn’t have to be long – just telling Japan how you feel about what they are doing to Jamal, and by extension all refugees worldwide, by setting this inhumane, anti-human rights example for the world.
Continue your campaign by using the same strategies to communicate with the following entities:
Ministry of Justice
Address: 1-1-1 Kasumigaseki,
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8977
UNHCR Representation in Japan
UN House 6th Floor
5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
UNHCR Representation in Japan
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Case Postale 2500
CH-1211 Genève 2 Dépôt
phone: +41 22 739 8111
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon
First Avenue at 46th Street
New York, NY 10017
– 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.
– Hintergrund auf Deutsch (Background information in German): Julia’s Blog (English to German) This page gives useful background on Jamal’s case for our German-speaking friends.
Examples of letters written by others:
– Japan Helps Iran Murder Activist, by James Miller (aka James the Hype)
– Open Letter to Refugee Support Organizations Regarding Saberi, by Maria Rohaly, Mission Free Iran
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I let you know now, there are more than 300 Iranian asylum seekers in jail right now in Japan.
You know Jamal is only 42 years old and up to now with such hardship he has had in Japan he went through 2 heart attacks. Trying to free him is just a start for all other asylum seekers in Japan and Turkey and else where.
I am myself a refugee for more than 25 years. And 21 years of it I have been member of International Federation of Iranian Refugees founded by Gholam Keshavarz and all other colleagues of his. Gholam Keshavars was assassinated by IRI in September of 1989 in Cypress, as I can recall. The goal of Federation is to help yourself by helping all members. We are fed up with all those who came and as soon as they are accepted they forget all others who are on the way. We knew 21 years ago that as long as IRI is in power, refugees from Iran will never stop coming. Refugees should help each other and stay organized, that has been our goal for 21 years in IFIR.
This is not just a campaign for some individual. We shall free Jamal Saberi no question of that but it is just continution for all others who escape to the free world. I recommend us to work with IFIR very closely in that matter. IFIR has representative in many countries of world. Jamal was also a member of IFIR which he himself helped many refugees to be able to stay in other countries. It is the time to help himself now!