Filed under: 2007, Asile, Asylum, Charia, Emambakhsh, Every One, Féminisme, Feminism, flagellation, Gay, Iran, Lesbian, LGBT, Pegah, Pegah Emambakhsh, Prisoner, Sharia, Téhéran, UK
The message today from Sheffield (September 11, 2007) :
We have some good news at last!
Pegah was granted bail this morning, is now out of Yarls Wood Detention Centre and back with people who will love and care for her. The Court of Appeal have also agreed to hear her case. It will be listed within the next couple of weeks and will be heard sometime in the next few months, we believe.
There are also other actions that we know are being taken on her behalf, by influential organisations at a high level in the UK.
We really don’t think that we would have got this far without the fantastic work you have put in supporting Pegah. She is truly grateful and gives her heartfelt thanks to you all – as do we. It is impossible to overstate the value of your support.
This does not mean that Pegah is out of the woods but she is now in a much more hopeful position.
As you will understand Pegah needs time to recover from the ordeal of the past few weeks. She also needs to get back in touch with the ordinary business of living her life in some peace and tranquility.
We will keep you updated as events develop.
Love and solidarity to you all
Friends of Pegah
Friends of Pegah Campaign
c/o Victoria Hall Methodist Church
Sheffield S1 2JB
Filed under: 2007, Asylum, Charia, Emambakhsh, Every One, Féminisme, flagellation, Gay, Iran, Lapidation, Lesbianisme, LGBT, Pegah, Pegah Emambakhsh, Spartakism, Stoning, Téhéran, Tehran, Tehranian, UK
A message from Pegah Emambakhsh to all the groups and people who are helping her.
Thanks to a wonderful person, an Iranian woman who lives in Italy and who has been working for many years in the field of human rights, a friend we are proud to have among the members of the EveryOne Group, we are in almost daily contact with Pegah who is imprisoned in Yarl’s Wood prison.
September 8th, 2007, Pegah has sent through this mutual friend a message for all the groups, activists, politicians and everyday people who are trying to solve her case.
”Dear friends, as you well know, I am having a difficult time right now, with no assurances for the future and with a lot of pain in my soul. I cannot deny that I am still very frightened, and the separation from my beloved children hurts so much that at times it seems unbearable. You don’t know how much of a comfort it is to me to know that you are out there. You don’t even know me, yet you are working for my cause, sticking your necks out and fighting for me, you write to me and send me wonderful flowers. I wasn’t expecting anything like this. Even many of the Iranians I was in contact with here in the United Kingdom abandoned me when they found out the reason I had applied for asylum. I haven’t heard from them since, they don’t want anything to do with me. I never imagined there were groups like you around. I hope the future offers me the opportunity to meet each and every person who has shown me so much friendship. I am feeling much calmer, I am happy to have all this protection, all this love that instils in me new energy and a desire to go on living. My dear friends, I am taking good care of the flowers you sent me. I am so proud of them! They have aroused a bit of jealousy in the other women here at Yarl’s Wood. I read the letters and postcards you have sent me over and over again. I have had a lot of time to think about what is happening to me and, in spite of not feeling ready to speak in public yet, once I get out of here I want to do something for humanity. Many thanks to you all.
Everyone Group – Roberto Malini, Matteo Pegoraro, Dario Picciau, Ahmad Rafat, Steed Gamero, Arsham Parsi, Fabio Patronelli, Glenys Robinson, Salvatore Conte