UNICEF statement on the sentencing of Baquer Namazi 18 Oct 2016

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NEW YORK, 18 October 2016 – “His friends and colleagues at UNICEF have learned with deep sadness and personal concern that our former colleague Baquer Namazi, who has been incarcerated in Iran since 22 February, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

“Mr. Namazi served at UNICEF as Representative for Somalia, Kenya and Egypt, among other positions. He worked tirelessly on behalf of children in all those positions, often in highly difficult circumstances. He deserves a peaceful retirement.

“Baquer is 80 years old and the entire UNICEF family are deeply concerned for his health and well-being. Baquer has been a humanitarian all his life. We appeal for his release on humanitarian grounds.”

About UNICEF   UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.  For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org

For further information, please contact:  Najwa Mekki, UNICEF New York, +1917 209 1804, nmekki (at) unicef.org

Previous statements about Banquer from UNICEF in Sep. and May of 2016 are here:


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About adhiratha

I joined the UN Secretariat in 1973 and UNICEF in 1974. During 2005-2006 I was on loan from UNICEF to UN Secretariat for special projects and between 2007 to 2010 was a consultant specialist for UNFPA. Have also been consultant or unpaid volunteer for various NGO's . My fathers favorite quote from Sri Chinmoy was : "There is only one perfect road and that road is ahead of you ,, Always Ahead of you...". Association with organizations that seek to implement the UN Charters goal of practical "oneness" feels like an inner connection or reality that is not time or position bound.
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2 Responses to UNICEF statement on the sentencing of Baquer Namazi 18 Oct 2016

  1. adhiratha says:

    see also NY Times : 18 SEp 2017
    excerpt: …The 10-page opinion of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, a panel of five experts in international humanitarian law,…

    Baquer Namazi, 81, and Siamak Namazi, 45, both naturalized American citizens, were convicted last year and sentenced to 10-year terms on charges that have never been explained.

    Their appeal was denied last month. …

    The son, a public policy scholar and business executive who lived in Dubai and advocated improved relations between Iran and the United States, was arrested two years ago while visiting his family in Tehran.

    The father, a former Unicef diplomat, was arrested in February 2016 after the Iranian authorities had granted him permission to visit his son in Evin Prison, in Tehran.

    Both were denied access to legal representation, could not confront their accusers and have had health problems while imprisoned, Mr. Genser said. Both have been held in solitary confinement, the son has been tortured, and the father has a serious heart condition, he said.

    The United Nations opinion said the “deprivation of liberty” by the Iranian authorities had violated the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights….
    full article at : https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/18/world/middleeast/iran-prisoners-namazi.html

    Previous Unicef statement NEW YORK, 22 February 2017
    at: https://www.unicef.org/media/media_94904.html
    – “One year ago today, our respected former UNICEF colleague, Baquer Namazi, was imprisoned in Iran. Our concerns for his health and wellbeing have grown deeper with each passing day.

    “Mr. Namazi, 80 years old, is increasingly frail as a result of his imprisonment. He should be returned to the care of his family and friends. After a lifetime of humanitarian service, he has earned a peaceful retirement.

    “We join his many colleagues around the world in appealing for his immediate release on humanitarian grounds.

    “This is the fourth statement UNICEF has made since our colleague and friend was imprisoned. We hope and pray that our next will celebrate his release.”

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