We apologize for any errors. Given the opaque nature of Pakistan's
security agencies, it is difficult to confirm information reported.
We call on the Pakistani government to reveal where Ehsan
Arjemandi is being held.
Update October7, 2009
to Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs on behalf of Ehsan
Arjemandi, by BHRC-Canada, Oct 7, 2009
Update October 5, 2009
Pakistan violates the UN Convention
of Torture by extraditing Ehsan Arjemandi to Iran. Ehsan Arjemandi is being held in Zahedan, Iran.
Pakistan's extradition of Mr. Arjemandi to Iran violates
the Convention Against Torture to which Pakisan is a signatory. Article
3.1 states: "No State Party shall expel, return
("refouler") or extradite a person to another State
where there are substantial grounds for believing that he
would be in danger of being subject to torture." read
Convention Against Torture
Update October 4, 2009
(Corrections to this appeal to
OHCHR a/o Oct 4, 2009: Ehsan
Arjemandi was arrested by MI, not ISI as we initially believed. The person who
arrested him was in Military Intelligence, Gwadar district.
Also, Abdul Jalil Rais is not a lawyer but a relative of Ehsan. Still, no one
has been able to file a FIR.)
Emne: Ehsan Arjemandi, Attention HRD team
Dato: 16. august 2009 11.10.28 GMT+02.00
I believe this case falls under the mandate of the OHCHR.
Norwegian citizen Ehsan Arjemandi born 30.06.1974 was abducted
in Pakistan on the costal
highway between Karachi and Mand, going south, early morning
on Friday 7. August 2009. The
Pakistani intelligence service, the ISI, is believed to be responsible for the
Arjemandi, who is living in Oslo, Norway, went to Pakistan a couple of weeks
ago to visit relatives in
Turbat and Mand. He left Mand in the Balochistan province early morning Friday
7. August heading
for Karachi on an intercity bus titled 'Aslam Dandahi Coach'. The
bus was intercepted by several (4
or 5) unidentified vehicles when it reached Zero point Coastal Highway near Uttal
check post, about
12km away from Uttal city. According to the bus driver (interviewed on Norwegian
13 August) some of the men in the cars (about 15 altogether) carried police uniforms
were wearing civilian clothes. Some of the men in civilian clothes entered the
bus, asked Arjemandi
to identify him self, searched him, covered his head with a blanket and took
him away. He was
brought to a waiting pickup which left with Arjemandi followed by at least two
other vehicles. The
number plate of the pickup was covered.
According to the Norwegian daily Aftenposten, a lawyer representing Arjemandi
(Abdul Jalil Raisi)
tried to report the case to the police station in the Bagdadi district in Karachi.
The police refused to
receive the report. The bus company is also reported to have tried to report
the incident, but has
also been rejected by the police.
Ehsan Arjemandi was born in Iran in 1974. He became political active as a young
teenager and was
imprisoned at the age of 14. He came to Norway in 1990 as a UN quota refugee
after several years
as a refugee in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. He became a Norwegian citizen
in 1996 (or 1997).
He is married and has 3 children (10, 6 and 3 years old).
Arjemandi has serious health problems and is in need of daily medications. Among
other things he
is suffering from metabolism problems and has problems with his spinal column.
He was exposed to
torture in Iranian prisons when he was 14 years old. This has strongly influenced
Ehsan Arjemandi has in recent years been political active and an advocate for
the human rights of
the Baloch people in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran. He has been a member of
Balochistan Libration Organisation (GBLO). He has among other things arranged
protests in Norway, and was interviewed on national television in connection
with former Pakistani
president Pervez Musharraf's visit to Norway in January 2006.
On the basis of this information, the way he was abducted and his political activities,
we believe he
has been abducted by the Pakistani intelligence agency, the ISI (Inter-Services
have been responsible for similar abduction in the area carried out in the same
According to Amnesty International Norway about 600 persons engaged in political
been abducted by Pakistani authorities. Amnesty says that these people rarely
turn up again.
Norwegian authorities (the Foreign ministry and the embassy in Islamabad) have
authorities for an explanation of what has happened to Ehsan Arjemandi. A medical
describing Arjemandi's health situation has been handed over to the Pakistani
Norwegian foreign minister Jonas Gahr Støre has reportedly addressed the
matter while meeting
the Pakistani Agricultural minister in Norway on Thursday this week. So far,
have given no response.
This information has been put together from different sources: Arjemandi's
family, the Norwegian
embassy in Islamabad, different newspapers, Internet and television reports.
Parts of the information
are given by some of Arjemandi's friends in Norway.
I am a close friend of Ehsan Arjemandi and have known him since 1994.
A copy of this e-mail is also sent to the Norwegian embassy in Islamabad and
the foreign ministry in
Dr. Espen Gran