My graduate student Esha Momeni continues to face a travel ban in Iran, which is holding her passport so that she cannot come back to Los Angeles to finish her degree. A segment on her situation airs on KPFK’s “IndyMedia on Air” (90.7 FM) today at 3 p.m. (Streams live and then archives.)
You’ll hear from fellow graduate students Anasa Sinegal (right, taping a segment Friday afternoon at Manzanita Hall), Kara Lawton and John Daiquiog, and me. Anasa Sinegal in an excerpt from the show:
She is still not able to leave the country – not only are we continually worried about her well-being, we are also worried about her standing in our program. Is she going to be able to come back here and finish her degree? . . . And we also just really want her to graduate with us, to stand on that stage. We’ve become a tight knit family. We’re worried that’s not going to happen. We want her back as soon as possible so that we can talk to her and see her again and we can all graduate come May 2009.
To help Esha
- Write a letter asking the Iranian government to drop all charges and allow Esha to return to California to complete her degree. Based on the recommendations of the Observatory for Human Rights Defenders, consider the following text:
Please guarantee in all circumstances the physical and psychological integrity of Ms. Esha Momeni, and immediately drop all charges and allow Ms. Momeni to return to the US without conditions to complete her academic work. Her arrest was in connection with her peaceful activities in support of equal rights for women in Iran and in the context of her graduate research.
Leader of the Islamic Republic, His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei, The Office of the Supreme Leader, Shoahada Street, Qom, Islamic Republic of Iran, Faxes: + 98.21.649.5880 / 21.774.2228. NOTE: DO NOT BOTHER WITH EMAIL — EMAILS TO THE OFFICIALS INVOLVED “BOUNCE” DAYS AFTER SENT
- Sign the online petition asking for her release
- Read the words of her friends and follow the latest news about her case at For Esha.
- Keep up with the Mass Comm graduate students working to free their classmate.