URGENT APPEAL – Published on CoDIR, as PRESS RELEASE – For immediate use, 19th June 2010.
Outrage has been expressed by the Committee for the Defence of the Iranian People’s Rights (CODIR) at the recent arrest of a number of workers and student activists in Iran.
The arrests follow the familiar pattern, established by the regime since the disputed presidential election of 12th June 2009, of arrest, trial without representation and severe sentences for those campaigning for peace and democracy.
CODIR has received information that in recent weeks a number of pro- reform activists have been arrested and given unusually harsh sentences including long term prison sentences … //
… Secretary of CODIR, strongly condemned the action of the Iranian regime, stating,
The regime has found itself unable to overcome the political crisis in the country and is targeting political prisoners in revenge. By arresting activists the government hopes to be able to frighten people from engaging in legitimate protest in Iranian cities and towns. The regime has chosen violent suppression as a response against peaceful and legitimate protest demanding basic human and democratic rights.
CODIR has protested against the upsurge of suppressive measures in Iran and has called on the Iranian regime to stop its human rights abuses. It has called on international public opinion to condemn the continuing arrests in Iran and call on the regime in Iran to stop executions.
Mr. Ahmadi, went on to state, that it is only through a united and effective international campaign against the arrest and execution of political prisoners in Iran that the current atrocities can be stopped.
CODIR is calling upon all democratic individuals and organisations, in particular the labour and trades union movement, to write protest letters to the Iranian diplomatic missions and Embassies calling on the regime to halt all arbitrary arrests and executions and to demand that the Iranian regime:
- is calling upon all democratic individuals and organisations, in particular the labour and trades union movement, to write protest letters to the Iranian diplomatic missions and Embassies calling on the regime to halt all executions and to demand that the Iranian regime,
- Release from prison student leaders Bahareh Headyat, Milad Asadi, Majid Tavakkoli and activists Alireza Akhavan and Saeid Torabian
- End the torture and execution of political prisoners in Iran
- Immediately and unconditionally releases all political prisoners from detention
- Respects the international conventions guaranteeing human rights – CODIR has said that it is against these arrests and rejects capital punishment under any circumstances.
Letters should be sent to:
- Leader of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei, The Office of the Supreme Leader, Islamic Republic Street – End of Shahid, Keshvar Doust Street, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran;
- by E-mail, or via this website;
- Salutation: Your Excellency.
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