Friday, October 31, 2008

MSNBC - College Student Jailed In Iran

CSUN graduate students plan candlelight vigil for Esha

The graduate students at CSUN's Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communications are planning a candlelight vigil for Esha, the Iranian-American graduate student held in Evin prison since October 15, where they will be watching and waiting for her safe return home. The organizers are Esha's friends and classmates who, like Esha, are pursuing masters degrees at CSUN. Their myspace blurb reads: "As part of the same college, the same city, the same community she belongs to, it's our responsibility to unite, support Esha, and ask for her release. Right now, she needs us."

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Iranian-American organizations issue statements voicing concern about Esha Momeni's detention

Two Iranian-American organization, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) and the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) issued separate statements expressing concern for Esha Momeni's arrest.
In its statement, NIAC states, "We ask the Iranian government to cease actions which hinder the ability of individuals of Iranian descent to visit their homeland and their families,"
According to its statement, "PAAIA calls on the authorities in Iran to respect and safeguard the rights, safety and security of all Iranian Americans traveling to Iran, including Ms. Momeni, and to make every effort to bring her case to an expeditious resolution."