MERCI !

Bernard est en France. Il est entouré de sa famille, il va bien. Nous vous donnerons des nouvelles très rapidement.

Libres, enfin. Benjamin Brière et Bernard Phelan vont retrouver leurs proches.

Soirée de soutien pour la libération de Bernard Phelan

Vendredi 31 mars 2023 à 19h30 au centre culturel irlandais 5 rue des Irlandais 75005 Paris

Le comité de soutien organise une soirée musicale pour attirer l’attention sur le sort de Bernard Phelan, Irlandais et français, en grand danger dans une prison à Machhad, Iran. Il est détenu depuis le 3 octobre 2022 dans des conditions difficiles et sans réelles charges contre lui. Sa vie est en danger et nous demandons sa libération immédiate pour des raisons humanitaires.

Bernard nous écrit : « Ce qui me manque c’est de la musique qui évoque l’amour, la tendresse, la nature, la mer, la joie, la caresse, le silence, la voix des femmes, la paix ». C’est donc ce manque que nous allons mettre en musique grâce à de jeunes artistes confirmés. Au programme classique, jazz et airs irlandais et puis un verre de l’amitié.

RSV, le nombre de places étant limité.

Contact : roland.bonello@gmail.com

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Soirée de soutien le 31 mars au centre culturel irlandais

COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE

SOIRÉE DE SOUTIEN

POUR LA LIBERATION DE BERNARD PHELAN OTAGE EN IRAN

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Pour de ne pas oublier cette situation extrêmement grave et injuste, le comité de soutien organise une soirée musicale pour attirer l’attention sur le sort de Bernard Phelan, Irlandais et français, en grand danger dans une prison à Machhad, en Iran, le vendredi 31 mars 2023 à 19h30 au centre culturel irlandais, 5 rue des Irlandais, 75005 Paris.

Bernard nous écrit : « Ce qui me manque c’est de la musique qui évoque l’amour, la tendresse, la nature, la mer, la joie, la caresse, le silence, la voix des femmes, la paix ».

C’est donc ce manque que nous allons mettre en musique grâce à de jeunes artistes confirmés.

Au programme classique, jazz et airs irlandais.

Vous êtes chaleureusement attendu!

RSVP, le nombre de places étant limité.

Contact : roland.bonello@gmail.com

Bernard Phelan, otage franco-irlandais, est toujours détenu en Iran depuis le 3 octobre 2023.
Il est incarcéré sans réelles charges contre lui sauf celles imaginées par la cour du tribunal de Machhad à savoir d’avoir transmis des informations à l’étranger. Sans avoir droit à son avocat, il lui a été signifié qu’il était condamné à 6 ans et demi de prison.
De santé fragile, cette détention aggrave sérieusement et dangereusement sa capacité de survie. Bernard Phelan est maintenant en danger de mort dans cette prison iranienne pour n’avoir voulu que visiter ce pays qu’il estime.

Voici ce qu’écrit son médecin, Docteur Campa, Attachée à l’hôpital saint Antoine, le 1er mars suite aux symptômes décrits par Bernard Phelan : «…l’interruption des prises en charges thérapeutiques et de surveillance psychiatrique, cardiovasculaire, biologique et clinique d’une part, un approvisionnement en détention de ses traitements de façon incomplète et sans surveillance réelle, et d’autre part ses conditions de détention en elles-mêmes sont une raison majeur d’aggravation de son état psychique, rhumatologique, cardiovasculaire et ophtalmologique (M. Phelan perd la vue) que l’on constate actuellement.
Son pronostic vital est remis en cause, par toutes les conditions qu’il vit en détention. Il en va de son pronostic vital que de poursuivre sa détention »

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Bring a flower!

Show your support for Bernard’s case, join our vigil outside the Iranian Embassy in Dublin on the 30th March at 15h.

On the 30th March, Bernard will have spent 178 days in prison. Every flower you bring to the vigil will represent each of those days.

Please note this event is not a protest. It is an opportunity to unite Bernard’s friends, family and supporters and highlight Bernard’s hostage situation to the larger public and media. We expect the event to last no longer than an hour. Press will be present.

Bernard Phelan's health failing in Iran prison, says sister

The health of Bernard Phelan, an Irish prisoner in Iran who last month suspended a dry hunger strike, is deteriorating, his sister has said.

Mr Phelan, a Paris-based travel consultant, was arrested in October while travelling and is being held in Mashhad in northeastern Iran.

His eyesight has started to fail, Caroline Masse-Phelan said in a written statement.

Her brother has entered his fifth month of detention in the Islamic republic where he is accused of anti-government propaganda, a charge he denies.

The 64-year-old Franco-Irish citizen in January gave up a hunger strike, that included refusing water, at the request of his family.

“His health is getting worse,” Ms Masse-Phelan said in a statement to AFP.

“He can’t see clearly anymore,” after cornea surgery last year, she said.

She said he fell on Thursday when his left knee buckled as he got up from bed.

“He is suffering,” she said, saying he was not given walking sticks or crutches.

It was regrettable that her brother’s name was not on the list of tens of thousands of people supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has promised to release in pardons, she added.

She said his cell in the Vakilabad prison in Mashhad was only a short distance from the cells of “people who are scheduled for execution after morning prayer”.

Efforts by the French and Irish authorities to get Mr Phelan released have been in vain.

Frenchman Benjamin Briere, also held in the same prison, has gone on hunger strike for the second time since his incarceration in May 2020, his sister and his lawyer said.

Mr Briere, who was sentenced to eight years in jail for espionage, had already gone on hunger strike once before, at the end of December 2021.

Seven French citizens and more than a dozen other foreign nationals are held by Iran which campaigners say is taking hostages to extract concessions from the West.

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Contact the Irish & French Government

To [Your local government rep]

I am writing to you to voice my concern over the plight of Irish citizen, Bernard Phelan, who has been held in Vakilabad prison in Mashhad, Iran since 3rd October 2022. He stands accused of offenses that he denies and has been left to languish in a prison cell without any formal charges. I understand that Mr Phelan’s health is suffering and that he has had to endure very difficult conditions in prison.

I respectfully implore you, as my public representative, to assist in securing his release as soon as possible. As one of your constituents I ask you to raise his case in Dáil Éireann and to further the cause for his immediate release any way you can.

This is clearly a humanitarian issue. Bernard’s situation is dire, and he needs your help right now.

Mise le meas / Yours sincerely,

[Your name]

You have the power to make a difference

The aim of the Bernard Phelan support committee is to mobilise people around the world to request that the Irish and French Government redouble their efforts to secure Bernard’s release. Support us now in our efforts by signing the petition.

Bernard’s release is urgent based on humanitarian grounds

The imprisonment of an Irish citizen in an Iranian prison where he has had to endure conditions that have seriously damaged his health sheds a cold light on the harsh realities of imprisonment in Iran and offers a stark reminder of the importance of one human life over the aspirations of a thousand words.

Bernard’s health is rapidly failing and if he is not released he could die.

The physical and psychological impact of imprisonment and limited contact with the world outside his cell walls have taken a devastating toll on a once vibrant and healthy man. The Iranian authorities have assured Bernard’s family that they are working for his release on humanitarian grounds. While this is appreciated, time is not on Bernard’s side. Time is not on his family’s side. Time is not on anyone’s side. Bernard’s immediate release and provision of medical care is now past critical.

What has happened since his arrest on 3rd October 2022?

Bernard has had to endure harsh prison conditions, including weeks in solitary confinement and freezing winter temperatures, and has a number of serious medical conditions that compound his faltering health. His father, Vincent, who is 97 and has been working tirelessly for the release of his son and fears he will never see his son again.