ASG approves emergency legislation to encourage release of Roxana Saberi

Elise Foley

Updated April 29, 8:15 p.m.

Associated Student Government passed emergency legislation to encourage students to write to Iranian officials and the United Nations to secure the freedom of Medill alumna Roxana Saberi.

No senators opposed the legislation.

Saberi, a journalist who had been working in Iran without press credentials, was convicted to eight years in prison on April 18 after being accused with espionage. Saberi and her family have disputed the charges.

The emergency legislation was introduced by the ASG executive board. In a letter addressed to the senate, the board wrote that ASG “should do everything it can to ensure that students are aware of these issues and have the ability to act on them.”

ASG will send information to students “over as many listservs as it has access to” with information on how to write to the UN and the Iranian government on Saberi’s behalf, according to the executive board statement.

It would also state that ASG “stands in solidarity with the MUSAC and other organizations supporting Ms. Saberi,” the executive board wrote.

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