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UN petition seeks release of reporter held in Iran

Ali Rezaian, brother of Washington Post Tehran Bureau Chief Jason Rezaian, talks about his brother's imprisonment in Iran while testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill June 2, 2015The Washington Post filed a UN petition Wednesday seeking the release of its correspondent Jason Rezaian by Iran, as the dual-national journalist began a second year behind bars. The US daily said it hopes the petition filed with the UN Human Rights Council’s working group on arbitrary detention will help secure the release of the reporter, who has been accused of espionage. The petition “makes clear that Jason’s detention is arbitrary and unlawful under both Iranian and international law,” said Jay Kennedy, general counsel for the newspaper, at a news conference where activists marked the anniversary of his detention.

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