Send e-letters to the UN’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

Oct 7, 20100 comments

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Background The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention was established by resolution 1991/42 of the former Commission on Human Rights. The group works to “investigate cases of deprivation of liberty imposed arbitrarily or otherwise inconsistently with the relevant international standards set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”; seek and receive information about the individuals concerned; and act on information submitted to its attention regarding alleged cases of arbitrary detention by sending urgent appeals to concerned Governments to bring to their attention these cases.

The Working Group also conducts field missions to better understand the situations prevailing in countries; formulates deliberations on issues of a general nature in order to assist States to prevent and guard against the practice of arbitrary deprivation of liberty; and presents an annual report to the Human Rights Council presenting its activities, findings, conclusions and recommendations, and more. With the number of arbitrary detentions by the Islamic Republic of Iran, we encourage you to submit an e-letter to the chair-persons urging them to undertake the cases of arbitrary detentions in Iran. To learn more about the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, see their website here: Directions The letter can be found here. If you choose to add a personal message to the e-letter, please keep it polite, human-rights focused, and without rhetoric. To the right of the e- letter page are the recipients of the e-mail you send. You don’t have to send a letter multiple times (one click will send your message to all of the listed officials). Below the letter are personal fields to fill out. Enter as much information as you feel comfortable. A VALID e-mail address is required; however, if you don’t feel comfortable sharing your e-mail, consider making an e-mail account just to use for actions like this. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail us at