Free Kaywan Karimi [Writing on the City] – AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

In this undated photo provided by Iranian filmmaker Keywan Karimi, graffiti artist who goes by the name ‘FRZ’ paints a wall during a scene in the film titled “Writing On The City,” in Tehran, Iran. The movie about graffiti in the streets of Tehran was first announced in 2012 but never made it to a Screening. In October 2015, a court sentenced award-winning Iranian filmmaker Karimi to six years in prison and to 223 lashes over his films, which authorities also charged with “insulting sanctities.” The crackdown represents the “continuation of the paranoia that the intelligence services and the judiciary has been having all along,” said Haleh Esfandiari, an Iranian-American dual national who was detained by Iranian authorities in 2007.

“The formation of a city named Tehran goes back to 200 years ago. Before that it was a small village resting between surrounding mountains. Many political and social events have happened in this course of time that all have left their trace on the walls of this city. Nevertheless, since the inception of the Islamic revolution in 1979 to now, written slogans on the walls and murals have experienced different forms and concepts. These events range from Revolution, Iran-Iraq war, economic reconstruction period to Reform and 2009 uprising…”

For 4 years there just has been the trailer on YouTube, the film itself never has been screened anywhere, because Karimi was arrested for “spreading propaganda against the system”.

The Iranian filmmaker has been sentenced to six years in prison and 223 lashes, on charges that include “insulting Islamic sanctities” and “illicit relations”. He has appealed, and is awaiting the outcome. If jailed for charges relating to his peaceful activities, he will be a prisoner of conscience.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL states how to help:

1) Please write immediately in Persian, English, Spanish, French or your own language:

Urging the Iranian authorities to ensure that Keywan Karimi is not punished for charges that stem from the peaceful exercise of his rights to freedom of expression and association and privacy;
Reminding them that Articles 19, 21 and 22 and Article 17 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Iran is a state party respectively, protect the right to freedom of expression and association and the right to privacy;
Expressing concern that Revolutionary Court hearings in Iran are seriously flawed and do not meet international fair trial standards, and that flogging sentences violate the absolute prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment under international law.

2) For the full Urgent Action, including appeal addresses and further information, please click on the Word or PDF version below.

3) Please let us know if you took action so that we can track our impact!

EITHER send a short email to with “UA 19/16” in the subject line, and include in the body of the email the number of letters and/or emails you sent,
OR fill out this short online form to let us know how you took action.


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