The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has issued an opinion in response to The Washington Post’s urgent action petition last year, finding that the government of Iran “has not offered any explanation of the legal provisions justifying Mr. Rezaian’s arrest and continued detention” and “has also not clarified the charges against Mr. Rezaian, nor has it demonstrated how Mr. Rezaian’s activities could have amounted to the crimes for which he was prosecuted.” The UNWGAD expressed their concern for Jason’s health since his arrest and called on Iran to release him without delay.
“We are pleased that the U.N. Working Group has recognized that Iran had no legitimate basis for arresting Jason, let alone imprisoning him for 18 months,” said Frederick J. Ryan, Jr., publisher of The Washington Post. “Its opinion leaves no doubt that this was an arbitrary and unlawful detention of a journalist. We take comfort in knowing that Jason receives this news as a free man.”