The young son of Zamel Bawi, who has been sentenced to death after a show trial by the Iranian regime, has delivered a heart-wrenching appeal to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to intervene to save his father's life.
Zamel Bawi is among several Ahwazi Arabs who have endured months of torture in Iran following bomb attacks in Ahwaz last year. He and his brothers, who are sons of moderate Ahwazi tribal leader Hajj Salem Bawi, have all been charged with "waging war on God".
Zamel's son writes: "I have spent my nights wailing, crying and appealing to God who advised me to ask you for help. God of the universe told me that there still exist a few people on this earth who believe in justice, rightness, and truth. God also told me that some of his decent humankinds who will be able to help are people like you, those who organize to protect human rights and humanity, and those just loving people.
"Please help quickly with all means, I do not want to be disappointed about the United Nations and those human loving organization in the world.
"I love my father; I want to grow up with a father who cares for and loves me. I want him to hug me, console me and feel for me. Please do not let them tpunish me by depriving me of my father's kindness and love. Trust and believe me that my father does not deserve to be executed. He speaks for freedom and aspires for it like many did before him and sought justice for humankind.
"Mr. Kofi Annan, since the death sentence was issued against my father, my mother has been hospitalized. During this period there is no one who takes care of me, there was no one I could speak to about my sadness. Until I saw you on the TV talking about freedom and justice, It came to my mind as my God told me to appeal to you, the human rights organization, and appeal to America, Canada, European countries and to all children of the world to stand with me and with all those children whose fathers might be executed at any time by the Iranian anti-human regime. I am appealing to you: please ask them to return my father to me and please to prevent them from the killing my father. I have nothing but him in this world and I need him back. Who could bring happiness and the love to me, but him? Please help me as soon as possible and as much as you can.
"People of the world, innocent children of the world, please include your voice with mine so that I can be heard loudly and say: do not kill my father. Please call with me for his release, my call alone is not enough since I called and cried many times alone, but I could not do any thing. Please help me so that I can stop the death sentence against my father and fathers of other Ahwazi children. Please, please, please."
Click here to download the full text of the letter from the Ahwazi Studies website.
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