Iran needs to uphold its international commitments and human rights obligations as a signatory to the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights
- Embassy of Pakistan
Interest Section of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the United States
2209 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007 U.S.A
We the undersigned ask the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for the release of all prisoners of conscience currently held in Iranian prisons. In recent years, Iranian students have been deprived of exercising their right to freedom of speech and expression. They have been held behind bars simply for writing an article or criticizing the government's functions. According to records of the Office for Strengthening Student Unity, Iran’s largest Student Union, since the June 2009 presidential elections 634 students have been persecuted by way of intimidation tactics, arbitrary arrests, torture, and imprisonment. An additional 396 students have been deprived from their right to access education. Among these students is Bahareh Hedayat, a member of the Central Committee of the Office for Strengthening Student Unity. Bahareh was arrested in December 2009 after delivering a message via the internet on the occasion of National Student Day in Iran. She has been sentenced to nine and a half years of punitive imprisonment of which she has already served over two years. Majid Tavakoli a former Central Council member of Amirkabir University Student's Association has also been sentenced to eight years of punitive imprisonment after delivering a speech among university students on the occasion of National Student Day in Iran.
We urge the Iranian authorities to uphold Iran’s international commitments and human rights obligations as a signatory to the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights and immediately release all prisoners of conscience currently in detention.
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